Richard Branson space flight: Live updates

Richard Branson space flight: Live updates

Getting Richard Branson to space is a two-step process — and frankly, it’s weird. If you know anything about quirky aerospace visionary Burt Rutan and his early involvement in Virgin Galactic, you’ll understand why. There are no NASA-esque rocket towers or launch pads being used here. SpaceShipTwo is a winged, rocket-powered spaceplane that takes off …

Richard Branson space flight: Live updates Read More »

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity detaches from mothership

This is a question a lot of space nerds — and, apparently, Jeff Bezos’ team at Blue Origin — care a lot about. There is no single definition of “outer space.” And deciding where space begins is largely an exercise in pinpointing exactly where the Earth’s atmosphere becomes less troublesome than the Earth’s gravitational pull. …

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity detaches from mothership Read More »

Branson’s trip to space should only take about an hour

This is a question a lot of space nerds — and, apparently, Jeff Bezos’ team at Blue Origin — care a lot about. There is no single definition of “outer space.” And deciding where space begins is largely an exercise in pinpointing exactly where the Earth’s atmosphere becomes less troublesome than the Earth’s gravitational pull. …

Branson’s trip to space should only take about an hour Read More »