Space-tourism biz Virgin Galactic going public after merger

Business Jul 10, 2019

Space-tourism biz Virgin Galactic going public after merger

Richard Branson's space-tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, is planning to go public, creating the first listed human spaceflight firm. Virgin Galactic said Tuesday it is merging with Social Capital Hedosophia, whose CEO, Chamath Palihapitiya, will become chairman of the combined entity. The value of the merger ...

NTSB: Surviving pilot thrown free as spaceship broke apart

World Nov 13, 2014

NTSB: Surviving pilot thrown free as spaceship broke apart

The surviving pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert was thrown clear of the disintegrating craft and did not know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked the re-entry braking system, federal investigators said Wednesday. In its update on the still-evolving ...

Editorials Nov 6, 2014

Space, the final frontier

Given the many, irreducible uncertainties of space flight tourism in the future — brought home last week by the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo vehicle — the guiding principle for customers is likely to be "informed consent."