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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)

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

AP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2021 06:40 AM IST
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.
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)

US probes off-course descent of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic spaceflight

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2021 07:25 AM IST
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."
Santosh George Kulangara during zero-gravity training. (Photo: Safari TV)
Santosh George Kulangara during zero-gravity training. (Photo: Safari TV)

Kerala's Santhosh George Kulangara could be India's first space tourist 

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2021 10:08 PM IST
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.
Sirisha Bandla spoke to Kumkum Chadha on 'The Interview'.(AP Photo)
Sirisha Bandla spoke to Kumkum Chadha on 'The Interview'.(AP Photo)

'Hope I made Kalpana Chawla proud', says Sirisha Bandla

By Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2021 01:54 PM IST
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."
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)

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

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2021 08:51 PM IST
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.
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)

A cosmic leap: Billionaire Branson reaches edge of space in own ship

By HT Correspondent, New Mexico
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2021 03:17 AM IST
  • 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 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.

Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson flies to space: 10 things to know about him

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 09:24 PM IST
Who is Richard Branson? A school dropout, Branson started his first business venture at 15, which was a school magazine.
Billionaire Richard Branson and crew aboard VSS Unity.(YouTube/Virgin Galactic)
Billionaire Richard Branson and crew aboard VSS Unity.(YouTube/Virgin Galactic)

Billionaire Branson now an astronaut, completes trip to edge of space

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2021 10:56 PM IST
  • Branson while speaking to ground control at Spaceport America in New Mexico called it an 'experience of a lifetime.'
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)

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

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 12:44 PM IST
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.
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)

'Dreamer' Sirisha Bandla all set to go to space onboard VSS Unity today

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 11:30 AM IST
  • Sirisha Bandla is Purdue alumna whose dreams of journeying into space with Nasa was dashed because of poor eyesight
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)

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

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 11:23 AM IST
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.
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)

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

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sohini Goswami
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 10:45 AM IST
  • The basic aim of the mission is to serve as a test flight for future passenger flights by Virgin Galactic.
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)

Virgin Galactic's Unity 22 mission: Timing and other details

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 09:12 AM IST
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.
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)

Billionaire Richard Branson set to blast off on Virgin Galactic spaceflight

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 06:27 AM IST
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.
Sirisha Bandla will activate three plant-filled tubes to release a preservative at critical data-collection stages.(ANI, Reuters)
Sirisha Bandla will activate three plant-filled tubes to release a preservative at critical data-collection stages.(ANI, Reuters)

Sirisha Bandla to activate Nasa-supported plant experiment during space flight

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 05:54 PM IST
  • Nasa said Sirisha Bandla will operate the experiment during the Virgin Galactic mission on behalf of co-investigators from the University of Florida.
From left: Chief Pilot Dave Mackay, Lead Operations Engineer Colin Bennett, Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, Founder of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations Sirisha Bandla and pilot Michael Masucci.(AP)
From left: Chief Pilot Dave Mackay, Lead Operations Engineer Colin Bennett, Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, Founder of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations Sirisha Bandla and pilot Michael Masucci.(AP)

Indian-origin Shirisha Bandla set to fly into space tomorrow

PTI | | Posted by Shanza Khan, Houston
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 01:52 PM IST
Sirisha Bandla who is part of six space travellers aboard 'VSS Unity' of Virgin Galactic will become the third India-born woman to fly into space tomorrow.
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)

Sirisha was very fascinated with the sky: Astronaut Sirisha Bandla’s grandfather

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2021 07:41 PM IST
  • 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
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)

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

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 08:49 AM IST
Sirisha Bandla told Space.com last month that the Virgin Galactic flight will last anywhere between approximately 60 and 75 minutes.
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)

Richard Branson to fly to space on July 11 in Virgin Galactic spaceflight

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2021 12:07 AM IST
“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.
Researcher for the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS), Kellie Gerardi, experiances weightlessness on a Zero Gravity plane.(AFP)
Researcher for the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS), Kellie Gerardi, experiances weightlessness on a Zero Gravity plane.(AFP)

Virgin Galactic to fly well-known researcher, a TikTok star to space

AFP | , Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2021 08:02 AM IST
  • The move presents an ideal opportunity for the company to flaunt its ambitions not only to send wealthy tourists on pleasure rides costing $200,000 or more, but also to advance science.
The Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was scheduled to take off for the first time from New Mexico’s Spaceport America. (Reuters)
The Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was scheduled to take off for the first time from New Mexico’s Spaceport America. (Reuters)

Virgin Galactic delays test flight of SpaceShipTwo scheduled today

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 12:35 PM IST
The test flight was to be crewed by two pilots with the opportunity to fly throughout February contingent on good weather and technical readiness.

Virgin Galactic conducts first manned spaceline test. Here is everything you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 09:32 PM IST
The company, founded in 2004, is a commercial spaceline that is aimed at “democratising space” by developing and operating space vehicles for individuals and researchers.
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)

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

By Reuters | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 03:00 PM IST
Earlier in June, Virgin Galactic had signed an agreement with NASA to develop a program to promote private missions to the International Space Station.
The plan that will be fully functional by the year 2027 is the only space-based tourism option to date in development. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
The plan that will be fully functional by the year 2027 is the only space-based tourism option to date in development. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

This new space hotel will fulfill all your heavenly dreams, take a look

Washington D.C. [USA], | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 09:14 AM IST
The plan that will be fully functional by the year 2027 is the only space-based tourism option to date in development.
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)

Richard Branson may take space-tourism venture public

London | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 07:55 AM IST
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.
The station would accommodate as many as four guests, plus the two crew. The company requires an $80,000 deposit, which is fully refundable, and began accepting payments on April 5.(Photo courtesy: Orion Span Twitter)
The station would accommodate as many as four guests, plus the two crew. The company requires an $80,000 deposit, which is fully refundable, and began accepting payments on April 5.(Photo courtesy: Orion Span Twitter)

First luxury hotel in space to open in 2022; one night stay costs $792,000

Bloomberg | By Justin Bachman
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 12:24 PM IST
US-based Orion Span Inc is launching a modular station in space that would orbit 200 miles above Earth, offering six guests 384 sunrises and sunsets as they race around the planet for 12 days at incredibly high speeds.
Houston-based Orion Span Inc hopes to launch the modular station in late 2021 and welcome its first guests the following year, with two crew members accompanying each excursion. (Pic for representation purpose only).(Shutterstock)
Houston-based Orion Span Inc hopes to launch the modular station in late 2021 and welcome its first guests the following year, with two crew members accompanying each excursion. (Pic for representation purpose only).(Shutterstock)

A Space Odyssey: This new luxury hotel in space is the ultimate travel destination

Bloomberg | By Justin Bachman
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 03:24 PM IST
The 12-day stay starts at $9.5 million per person, or about $791,666 (Rs 5,13,94,956) a night. Aurora Station is planned as a 35-by-14-foot module, or roughly the interior volume of a Gulfstream G550 private jet, according to Bunger. The station would accommodate as many as four guests, plus the two crew. The company requires an $80,000 deposit, which is fully refundable, and began accepting payments on Thursday.
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