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After years of preparation, testing, and tragedy, Virgin Galactic has touched the edge of space. This Thursday in the skies over Mojave, California, the company's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, was released from its mothership and fired its hybrid rocket engine for a full minute. This propelled pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow at Mach 3 (1,934 knots, 2,225 mph, 3,581 km/h)
a mile stone in virgin galactic's 14-year journey that has suffered several delays and a fatal crash in 2014. The post richard branson’s virgin galactic spaceplane reaches the edge of space appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
For some time now, Virgin Orbit and its imaginative CEO Richard Branson have been talking about fixing a rocket to the wing of a modified 747 and using it to fire satellites into space. The company is now one step closer to giving this audacious plan a go, after successfully integrating its LauncherOne rocket into its Cosmic Girl mothership ahead of the first test flights... Continue Readi
American clothing label Everlane has announced it will remove all virgin plastic from its supply chain by 2021, to help counter the "global plastics crisis", starting with its shipping bags. Read more
All around the world, authorities are exploring the potential of Hyperloop transport systems through feasibility studies, with the US state of Missouri among them. Billed as the first such study in the US, the results are now in and outline some of the potential benefits stemming from a proposed route along the existing I-70 highway... Continue Reading Study bolsters Virgin Hyperloop One's
Virgin Orbit is edging ever closer to its goal of firing rockets into space from an airborne 747, with the pylons that will carry its two-stage orbital launch vehicle, LauncherOne, to altitude now firmly fixed to the wing of its Cosmic Girl Mothership... Continue Reading Virgin Orbit fixes rocket-carrying pylons to Cosmic Girl mothership Category: Space Tags: Rocket S
Virgin Galactic's manned spaceplane has hit another milestone, breaking Mach 2 as it roared into the mesosphere. With test pilots Dave Mackay and Mike "Sooch" Masucci at the controls, VSS Unity was released from the mothership VMS Eve at an altitude of 46,500 ft (14,200 m) before firing its hybrid rocket engine for 42 seconds to power it to 170,800 ft (32.3 mi, 52 km) and a speed of Mach 2
urban contemporary artist d*face has collaborated with formula e ds racing team and cybersecurity firm kaspersky lab, to bring the first ever art car and helmet in a three part series to formula racing. The post save the world! d*face, ds virgin racing and kaspersky lab introduce art to formula racing appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Britain may have just announced its first vertical-launch spaceport will be sited on the north coast of Scotland, but the first space launch might take off at the opposite end of the country. The Virgin Galactic spin-off, Virgin Orbit, has announced that it will start launching satellites into orbit from Spaceport Cornwall at Cornwall Airport Newquay by 2021, using rockets dropped from a m
Firing rockets from beneath the wings of an airborne 747 isn't the most conventional way to get satellites into space, but it might be among the most cost-effective. Virgin spinoff company Virgin Orbit has been awarded a license for its maiden attempt to do just that, with hopes of beginning commercial services before the year is out... Continue Reading Rockets at the ready: Virgin Orbit a


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