Spectacular photos of SpaceShipTwo breaking the sound barrier

SpaceShipTwo just finished its third rocket-powered test and reached the highest altitude its ever been at 71,000 feet by hitting a maximum velocity of Mach 1.4. You can see the new reflective coating on the rocket plane's tail booms which perfectly reflects the flame and our Earth. Lovely. Cant wait to book my ticket! » 1/10/14 10:45pm 1/10/14 10:45pm

This Lucky Devil Is Virgin Galactic's First Captain

This is Dave MacKay, a 53-year-old pilot from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He has been selected to be the first captain of Virgin Galactic's fleet of suborbital spaceships. He will fly the SpaceShipTwo when it launches in 2013. » 8/10/11 9:26am 8/10/11 9:26am

SpaceShipTwo First Manned Flight Attached to WhiteKnightTwo

The day for the first solo flight of SpaceShipTwo—the first commercial suborbital tourism aircraft—is getting closer. Here, its crew is testing it for the first time. It's still docked to its mothership—WhiteKnightTwo—but it's a beautiful picture. [Autopia] » 7/19/10 10:20am 7/19/10 10:20am

Spandau Ballet To Be First Intergalactic Band Aboard Branson's…

Last week I invoked the wrath of trance fans everywhere by suggesting Above & Beyond, rumored to be the first musical act in space, should be kept up there. Turns out Richard Branson chose Spandau Ballet instead. » 12/14/09 1:11pm 12/14/09 1:11pm

First Images of SpaceShipTwo, First Commercial Passenger Spacecraft in …

The official unveiling is tonight, but we have the first images of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo now, attached to its mothership, Eve. SpaceShipTwo is the first commercial passenger spacecraft in history, and it is oh-so-beautiful. » 12/07/09 1:36pm 12/07/09 1:36pm

Virgin Galactic Rocket Blasts Off for the First Time

The hybrid Nitrous Oxide rocket that will take SpaceShipTwo to 65 miles above the Earth at 2500mph (YES!) has fired off for the first time in the southern California desert. Founder, adventurer and cool-guy-at-large Sir Richard Branson is happy: » 5/28/09 7:00pm 5/28/09 7:00pm

Virgin Galactic Will Help Monitor Climate As Well As Fly You to Space

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo » 9/30/08 4:23am 9/30/08 4:23am and SpaceShipTwo aircraft will be doing the world a favor when they start flying paying passengers into space: they'll be carrying sensors aboard to monitor greenhouse gases at a little-monitored altitude. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just signed a deal with…

Virgin Galactic's White Knight, Branson, Rutan and Spaceman Buzz…

Click to view » 8/06/08 5:46am 8/06/08 5:46amVirgin aircraft is pretty exciting. And here's a video that BoingBoingTV made of the aircraft's launch event, that has some interesting words on the craft and space travel from Sir Richard Branson, Scaled Composite's Burt Rutan and genuine spaceman and moonwalker, Buzz Aldrin himself. The best line? One…