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- 1. Virgin Galactic to expand Presence in the Middle East
Virgin Galactic to expand Presence in the Middle East. Virgin Galactic is planning to expand its presence in the Middle East region. Travel agencies in the region are being encouraged to register their interest in selling space travel with the Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Office in Dubai. Registration should include an initial proposal outlining credentials, client base/profile
- 2. Virgin Galactic appoints George Whitesides as Senior Advisor
Virgin Galactic appoints George Whitesides as Senior Advisor. Virgin Galactic has appointed George T Whitesides, Executive Director of the National Space Society, as Senior Advisor to the company. Virgin Galactic, founded by Sir Richard Branson, was established to undertake the challenge of making private space travel more readily available.
- 3. Boeing to Invest US$20 Million in Virgin Galactic
Boeing has confirmed that it is investing US$20 million in Virgin Galactic, a vertically integrated human spaceflight company. The Boeing investment will be in return for new shares in Virgin Galactic and is therefore contingent on
- 4. Sharon Garrett to promote Space Tourism in New Virgin Galactic Role
Sharon Garrett to promote Space Tourism in New Virgin Galactic Role. Dubai headquartered, Sharaf Travel, the official Accredited Space Office for Virgin Galactic in the Middle East region has appointed Sharon Garrett as Head of Space Marketing & Public Relations.
- 5. Virgin Galactic unveils Designs of SpaceShipTwo and White Knight Two
Virgin Galactic unveils Designs of SpaceShipTwo and White Knight Two. Astronaut orientation for spaceflight is progressing well and already 80 of SpaceShipTwo’s first passengers have been through medical assessment and centrifuge training at the NASTAR facility in Philadelphia. During their G Force acclimatization program, the participants were spun to 3.5GZ (head to toe) and 6GX
- 6. Cosmic Girl Joins Virgin Galactic Fleet
Virgin Galactic has added ‘Cosmic Girl’, a Boeing 747- 400 previously operated by Virgin Atlantic, to its fleet of vehicles as part of a technical update on its LauncherOne small satellite launch service. Cosmic Girl will provide a dedicated launch platform for the LauncherOne orbital vehicle.
- 7. Virgin Galactic Unveils VSS Unity
Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by the Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, unveiled its newly completed SpaceShipTwo on Friday. The new vehicle has been named Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity by Professor Stephen Hawking.
- 8. Space Charters Now Available with Virgin Galactic
Space Charters Now Available with Virgin Galactic. The Virgin Galactic experience involves boarding SpaceShipTwo which is attached to a mother-ship known as WhiteKnightTwo. Following a run-way take-off the space craft will climb to an altitude of 50,000 feet where the spaceship will be released and the rocket ignited. The rocket burn acceleration powers the spaceship to the speed o
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