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Britain has joined the race to become a leading hub of commercial space flight, announcing eight potential sites for a potential “spaceport” within the UK.

There are numerous questions surrounding this nascent form of tourism. Many focus on the technology in place to deliver it, the legislation that is necessary to safeguard it and, most recently, the pragmatic questions of where spaceports should be placed. But, often overlooked is the issue of exactly what the industry will look like and who it will target, which isn’t as clear cut as you might assume. The plan is to start space-...

The search giant is in talks about a deal to take a stake in Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture, Sky News learns.

Google is in talks with Virgin Galactic about a deal that will hand it crucial access to satellite-launch technology and an equity stake in Sir Richard Branson’s $2bn (£1.2bn) space tourism venture.

Sky News can exclusively reveal that the discussions with Virgin Galactic are part of Google’s ambitious project to put hundreds of satellites in low-Earth orbit in an attempt to extend internet access to billions of people.

Negotiations between the two...

The private space industry is a billionaire boys club. Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos have all founded companies that have spent tens of millions of their own and investors’ money to get into orbit.

Then there’s XCOR Aerospace, a startup in Mojave, Calif. Its founders aren’t rich, and they’re so thrifty they often buy machinery on surplus websites for pennies on the dollar. Its every milestone has been bootstrapped with side contracts and presales of tickets to space tourists. Yet if all goes to plan, the underdog XCOR may be the first company to take a paying...

GOOGLE is reportedly considering taking a stake in Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic as part of the search giant’s plans to extend internet access to remote regions of the world.

Talks between the companies are in an advanced stage and include both a planned joint venture that would combine millions of dollars from Google and Virgin’s space flight technology, and Google acquiring a $30m (£17.8m) stake in the Virgin Galactic holding company, according to Sky News.

Google and Virgin Galactic both declined to comment yesterday.

by Oliver Smith
June 13, 2014, 2:57am...

The billionaire head of SpaceX told MT we'll be on Mars in 10 years and it could one day be home to thousands of people.

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of spacecraft-maker SpaceX, said the pace of change in space exploration has been ‘probably negative’ so far, but that things are going to progress ‘pretty quickly’ in the next decade.

‘We’ll be doing test flights on our spacecraft the Dragon 2 later this year,’ he told Management Today. ‘We'll be going to Mars within 10 or 11 years. We’re going to build a big spaceship...

The final frontier is finally being…frontiered. Last week both Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX made large strides in their quest to privatize space for both civilians and astronauts alike.
 
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic was cleared by the FAA for takeoff last Thursday. Branson’s commercial space airliner expects to launch its first flights out of New Mexico by the end of 2014. Nearly 600 people have paid $250,000 to board the shuttle, which will orbit 60 miles above Earth.
 
SpaceX also...
  • Prices start at €2,000 (£1,600/ $2,700) and first flight will take off from Japan
  • In comparison, a ticket for Virgin's SpaceShipTwo costs $250,000 (£148,400)
  • Each aircraft will perform 15 manoeuvres throughout the 90-minute flight
  • During manoeuvres, passengers experience 25 seconds of weightlessness
 
 
Richard Branson may have plans to launch the first privately manned space flight this year, but at $250,000 (£148,400) a ticket, Virgin space travel won’t come cheap.
 
For those desperate to get a...
The future of manned spaceflight is coming into focus. Whether it's through NASA's Orion program, its partnerships with private companies or in the form of the quick, space-immersion experiences that Virgin Galatic’s SpaceshipTwo spaceships are soon to offer.
 
Billionaire Richard Branson recently placed a full-scale replica of his spaceship on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City. You can see it for yourself in the gallery above and Vine video below.
 
Despite the company working on private spaceflight for almost a...

--- Bloomberg's Emily Chang discusses Richard Branson's ambitions in space with Virgin Galactic. She speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." 

To view the interview on the original site CLICK HERE.

Richard Branson announced today that his commercial space company, Virgin Galactic, will accept Bitcoin in exchange for a ride into space.

The adoption of Bitcoin as a means of currency has now entered the final frontier: in a blog post today...

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