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US bans Virgin Galactic spaceflights while probing mishap on Branson's trip

The FAA said the rocketship carrying Branson and five Virgin Galactic employees veered off course during its descent back to its runway in the New Mexico desert on July 11. The deviation put the ship outside the air traffic control clearance area.
Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity, carrying billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and his crew, during its ascent this July to the edge of space above Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)
Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity, carrying billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and his crew, during its ascent this July to the edge of space above Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 03, 2021 06:40 AM IST
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US probes off-course descent of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic spaceflight

Virgin Galactic acknowledged in a statement to Reuters that "the flight’s ultimate trajectory deviated from our initial plan" but added it "did not fly outside of the lateral confines of the protected airspace."
A Banner hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ahead of the Virgin Galactic (SPCE) IPO. (File Photo / REUTERS)
A Banner hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ahead of the Virgin Galactic (SPCE) IPO. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 02, 2021 07:25 AM IST
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Kerala's Santhosh George Kulangara could be India's first space tourist 

Santhosh George Kulangara was travelling on a train in the United Kingdom when he saw the advertisement for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. It was in 2005.
Santosh George Kulangara during zero-gravity training. (Photo: Safari TV)
Santosh George Kulangara during zero-gravity training. (Photo: Safari TV)
Published on Aug 13, 2021 10:08 PM IST
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'Hope I made Kalpana Chawla proud', says Sirisha Bandla

Sirisha Bandla talked about how her dream came true, what her family thought when she went to space and what she wants to do in the future. When asked about her Indian roots and whether she now enjoys the food in the US, Bandla said, "I do love pizza but my comfort food is my mom's chicken curry."
Sirisha Bandla spoke to Kumkum Chadha on 'The Interview'.(AP Photo)
Sirisha Bandla spoke to Kumkum Chadha on 'The Interview'.(AP Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2021 01:54 PM IST
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ByAmit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

US makes it harder for Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson to be called astronaut

  • On Tuesday, the US Federal Aviation Administration published updated guidelines, eligibility, and criteria for the Commercial Space Astronaut Wings program.
The FAA has tightened its definition of the word “astronaut”, making it harder for people like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson to be called commercial astronauts.(Reuters)
The FAA has tightened its definition of the word “astronaut”, making it harder for people like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson to be called commercial astronauts.(Reuters)
Published on Jul 24, 2021 06:22 PM IST
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Elon Musk’s reaction to tweet about Richard Branson’s cabinets goes viral

Elon Musk's reply to Richard Branson's cabinets related post has prompted people to share various responses.
Richard Branson shared this image with Elon Musk.(Twitter/@richardbranson)
Richard Branson shared this image with Elon Musk.(Twitter/@richardbranson)
Published on Jul 16, 2021 03:51 PM IST
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Did Richard Branson really fly into space? Neil deGrasse Tyson weighs in

Richard Branson went into space aboard his rocket ship on July 11 along with five crewmates beating out his rival Jeff Bezos.
Neil deGrasse Tyson said that neither Richard Branson nor Jeff Bezos has actually been put into orbit. (AP Photo)
Neil deGrasse Tyson said that neither Richard Branson nor Jeff Bezos has actually been put into orbit. (AP Photo)
Published on Jul 16, 2021 10:46 AM IST
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Written by Meenakshi Ray

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic files for $500mn stock sale, shares tumble

Shares in Virgin Galactic reversed premarket gains of 8% to trade down nearly 12%, wiping off more than $1 billion from the company's market capitalization following the share sale announcement.
Richard Branson's trip upstaged rival astro-tourism venture Blue Origin founded by Jeff Bezos. In picture - Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity.(Reuters)
Richard Branson's trip upstaged rival astro-tourism venture Blue Origin founded by Jeff Bezos. In picture - Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity.(Reuters)
Published on Jul 12, 2021 08:51 PM IST
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A cosmic leap: Billionaire Branson reaches edge of space in own ship

  • The nearly 71-year-old Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space tourism company reached an altitude of about 88km over the New Mexico desert.
In this photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity's rocket motor burns above the Earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. (AP)
In this photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity's rocket motor burns above the Earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. (AP)
Published on Jul 12, 2021 03:17 AM IST
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Watch Richard Branson’s trip to edge of space in Virgin Galactic’s spaceship

Richard Branson's historic space trip
Richard Branson's historic space trip
Published on Jul 12, 2021 12:36 AM IST
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Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson flies to space: 10 things to know about him

Who is Richard Branson? A school dropout, Branson started his first business venture at 15, which was a school magazine.
In past, Richard Branson set world records in hot air ballooning and boating.
In past, Richard Branson set world records in hot air ballooning and boating.
Published on Jul 11, 2021 09:24 PM IST
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Billionaire Branson achieves space dream, calls it 'experience of a lifetime'

  • Branson, one of six Virgin Galactic Holding Inc employees strapped in for the ride, has touted the mission as a precursor to a new era of space tourism, with the company he founded in 2004 poised to begin commercial operations next year.
Branson aboard VSS Unity
Branson aboard VSS Unity
Updated on Jul 11, 2021 09:45 PM IST
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Billionaire Branson now an astronaut, completes trip to edge of space

  • Branson while speaking to ground control at Spaceport America in New Mexico called it an 'experience of a lifetime.'
Billionaire Richard Branson and crew aboard VSS Unity.(YouTube/Virgin Galactic)
Billionaire Richard Branson and crew aboard VSS Unity.(YouTube/Virgin Galactic)
Updated on Jul 11, 2021 10:56 PM IST
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By | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

As 'billionaire space race' begins, here's what Jeff Bezos told Richard Branson

Richard Branson had earlier said that he was not interested in participating in some "space race", shortly after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced his plans to make a similar trip on July 20 through his own space company, Blue Origin.
This combination of file pictures created on July 1, 2021, shows Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos (L) and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. (AFP)
This combination of file pictures created on July 1, 2021, shows Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos (L) and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. (AFP)
Published on Jul 11, 2021 12:44 PM IST
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'Dreamer' Sirisha Bandla all set to go to space onboard VSS Unity today

  • Sirisha Bandla is Purdue alumna whose dreams of journeying into space with Nasa was dashed because of poor eyesight
Sirisha Bandla was born in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh and moved to Houston with her family later. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)(AP)
Sirisha Bandla was born in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh and moved to Houston with her family later. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)(AP)
Published on Jul 11, 2021 11:30 AM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Richard Branson all set for debut spaceflight: Did you know of his Tamil roots?

Richard Branson said a few of his ancestors were found to be of Indian descent after conducting a DNA test. More specifically, a part of his ancestral origins is from Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore district, dating as far back as 1793, the billionaire entrepreneur added.
In this file photo taken on October 16, 2019, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson speaks at an event to unveil the first commercial space wear in Yonkers, New York. (Don EMMERT / AFP)
In this file photo taken on October 16, 2019, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson speaks at an event to unveil the first commercial space wear in Yonkers, New York. (Don EMMERT / AFP)
Published on Jul 11, 2021 11:23 AM IST
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By | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 flies to space soon: Here's all about the mission

  • The basic aim of the mission is to serve as a test flight for future passenger flights by Virgin Galactic.
Sir Richard Branson poses on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ahead of Virgin Galactic (SPCE) trading in New York, US. (REUTERS)
Sir Richard Branson poses on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ahead of Virgin Galactic (SPCE) trading in New York, US. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 11, 2021 10:45 AM IST
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Virgin Galactic's Unity 22 mission: Timing and other details

The Virgin Galactic spaceship Unity 22 will take off from a base in New Mexico hanging on a massive plane flown by two pilots. Richard Branson's official role is to evaluate the private astronaut experience to enhance the journey for future clients.
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic crew members enter the company's passenger rocket plane, the VSS Unity.(Reuters File Photo)
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic crew members enter the company's passenger rocket plane, the VSS Unity.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Jul 11, 2021 09:12 AM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Billionaire Richard Branson set to blast off on Virgin Galactic spaceflight

Richard Branson will be writing a new chapter in the space age tonight, if all goes according to plan. The space baron will be making the flight aboard his rocket venture, Virgin Galactic, nine days before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes his own trip to the fringes of outer space.
Sir Richard Branson poses on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ahead of Virgin Galactic (SPCE) trading in New York, US. (REUTERS)
Sir Richard Branson poses on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ahead of Virgin Galactic (SPCE) trading in New York, US. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 11, 2021 06:27 AM IST
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Sirisha was very fascinated with the sky: Astronaut Sirisha Bandla’s grandfather

  • Sirisha Bandla, born in Andhra Pradesh and raised in Texas, will be one of the six space travellers aboard 'VSS Unity', scheduled to take off on July 11 from New Mexico
The upcoming trip will be Virgin Galactic’s fourth flight to space with crew members(AP)
The upcoming trip will be Virgin Galactic’s fourth flight to space with crew members(AP)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 07:41 PM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Andhra born Sirisha Bandla to fly into space aboard Virgin Galactic's flight

Sirisha Bandla told Space.com last month that the Virgin Galactic flight will last anywhere between approximately 60 and 75 minutes.
Sirisha Bandla was born in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur and grew up in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo)
Sirisha Bandla was born in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur and grew up in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 08:49 AM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

In race to space, it's Branson's Virgin Galactic vs Bezos' Blue Origin

Richard Branson "will evaluate the private astronaut experience and will undergo the same training, preparation and flight as Virgin Galactic's future astronauts”, his company has said.
Richard Branson will make it to the cosmos before Jeff Bezos, who said he would travel to space on July 20, if the schedule holds. (AFP Photo)
Richard Branson will make it to the cosmos before Jeff Bezos, who said he would travel to space on July 20, if the schedule holds. (AFP Photo)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 07:39 AM IST
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Richard Branson to fly to space on July 11 in Virgin Galactic spaceflight

“When we return, I will announce something very exciting to give more people the chance to become an astronaut. Because space belongs to us all,” Richard Branson said.
Richard Branson announced that the spaceflight will be shared via a livestream globally by Virgin Galactic. In picture - Branson and the crew for the flight on July 11. (Virgin.com)
Richard Branson announced that the spaceflight will be shared via a livestream globally by Virgin Galactic. In picture - Branson and the crew for the flight on July 11. (Virgin.com)
Updated on Jul 03, 2021 12:07 AM IST
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By | Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson to fly into space in early 2021

Earlier in June, Virgin Galactic had signed an agreement with NASA to develop a program to promote private missions to the International Space Station.
This undated photo released by Virgin Galactic shows the interior of their SpaceshipTwo Cabin during a flight.(AP)
This undated photo released by Virgin Galactic shows the interior of their SpaceshipTwo Cabin during a flight.(AP)
Updated on Aug 04, 2020 03:00 PM IST
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VSS Unity: Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic unveils space plane’s cabin, poised for commercial flights

For $250,000 a ticket, passengers who have signed up for the suborbital flight aboard the air-launched plane VSS Unity will strap into six tailored, teal-coloured seats and peer out of the cabin’s 12 circular windows as they ascend some 97 km above Earth.
The interior cabin of billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism firm Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is seen in an artist's rendition released July 28, 2020.(via REUTERS)
The interior cabin of billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism firm Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is seen in an artist's rendition released July 28, 2020.(via REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 29, 2020 02:58 PM IST
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Virgin Atlantic ‘still talking’ with UK government on bailout

British airline Virgin Atlantic was still talking with the UK government about a bailout package to cope with the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on travel, a company spokesperson has said.
The report also claimed that talks with the government for a 500 million pounds ($618 million) bailout package had been “effectively shelved”.(Unsplash)
The report also claimed that talks with the government for a 500 million pounds ($618 million) bailout package had been “effectively shelved”.(Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 26, 2020 05:43 PM IST
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Brexit ‘saddest’ event for UK since World War II, says Richard Branson

British lawmakers blocked Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempt Tuesday to fast-track his Brexit bill through Parliament so that the U.K. can leave the bloc as scheduled on Oct. 31.
Britain is now awaiting a decision from Brussels about whether the bloc will delay the U.K.’s scheduled departure to prevent a chaotic no-deal exit in just eight days.(AP Photo)
Britain is now awaiting a decision from Brussels about whether the bloc will delay the U.K.’s scheduled departure to prevent a chaotic no-deal exit in just eight days.(AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 24, 2019 09:44 AM IST
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Richard Branson may take space-tourism venture public

Virgin Galactic is merging with Social Capital Hedosophia, whose CEO, Chamath Palihapitiya, will become chairman of the combined entity. The value of the merger was put at $1.5 billion.
In this file photo taken on February 22, 2019 courtesy of Virgin Galactic, SpaceShipTwo mates to the mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, at Mojave Space Port on February 19, 2019, in Mojave, California.(AFP file photo)
In this file photo taken on February 22, 2019 courtesy of Virgin Galactic, SpaceShipTwo mates to the mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, at Mojave Space Port on February 19, 2019, in Mojave, California.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 07:55 AM IST
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This British woman is more than 10 times richer than the Queen

Denise Coates, 51, has a net worth of $4.5 billion thanks to her majority stake in closely held Bet365, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and joined the ranks of the world’s 500 richest people for the first time Friday.
Denise Coates, the British founder and chief executive officer of online bookmaker Bet365 Group Ltd., is more than 10 times richer than Queen Elizabeth II on the back of the bookmaker’s latest accounts.(Getty Images)
Denise Coates, the British founder and chief executive officer of online bookmaker Bet365 Group Ltd., is more than 10 times richer than Queen Elizabeth II on the back of the bookmaker’s latest accounts.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 24, 2018 06:19 PM IST
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Richard Branson buys Hard Rock casino-hotel in Las Vegas

The property with about 1,500 rooms and suites off the Las Vegas Strip and eventually become Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson sprays champagne at a news conference Friday, March 30, 2018, in Las Vegas where Virgin Hotels announced that it had bought the Hard Rock hotel and casino in Las Vegas.(AP Photo)
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson sprays champagne at a news conference Friday, March 30, 2018, in Las Vegas where Virgin Hotels announced that it had bought the Hard Rock hotel and casino in Las Vegas.(AP Photo)
Published on Mar 31, 2018 09:33 AM IST
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