Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson said Thursday his spaceship has just a few more test flights before he jumps on board for the first tourist trip. The British billionaire celebrated his 69th birthday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center during 50th anniversary festivities for humanity's first moon landing. His guests were 100 other aspiring astronauts who have put down deposits to launch into space with Virgin Galactic. Like Branson, many in the crowd were inspired to fly into space by Apollo 11, which he called "the most audacious journey of all time." Branson said three or four test flights will be conducted from New Mexico, beginning this fall, before engineers allow him to fly. The two suborbital test flights to date — conducted in December and February over California's Mojave Desert — provided several minutes of weightlessness. Branson declined to say when his flight might happen. 50 years ago today Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin blasted off on a mission … [Read more...] about Richard Branson Inspired by Apollo, His Own Space Shot Soon
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Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson has long claimed that one day he would ride into space aboard his company's spaceplane, and now he knows when. The British billionaire said Thursday that he plans to take his first trip to space within the next six months — the flight will coincide with the anniversary of the first landing of astronauts on the moon, one of spaceflight's greatest achievements. "My wish is to go up on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, that's what we're working on," he told AFP during an event at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The first moon landing occurred on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set their lander down on the lunar surface. Branson's remarks come two months after the most recent test of the company's SpaceShipTwo spaceplane, in which a pair of pilots flew the craft to an altitude of 51 miles above California's Mojave Desert before landing safely. Most experts agree that space begins … [Read more...] about Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson sets date of first trip into space
Under Armour is developing space apparel and footwear for Virgin Galactic astronauts, engineers, and fans as part of a new partnership. The performance-wear company will also create an astronaut training program that includes fitness and nutrition plans to prepare future passengers for space travel. This comes as the race to make commercial space travel a reality is intensifying. Virgin Galactic reached a major milestone last month when for the first time, a crewed vehicle built for commercial passenger service reached space. The two astronauts traveled 51.4 miles above the earth's surface. "If you're going to space, it's going to be -- you got married, you have your children, and the other thing you're going to remember is that day you go to space. It's very important, therefore, that when you look in the mirror before you go to space, you feel the part," Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said their … [Read more...] about Under Armour is developing spacesuits and footwear for Virgin Galactic
SIR Richard Branson is a British entrepreneur who has become a billionaire thanks to his lucrative business ventures. But how much is his Caribbean hideaway Necker Island worth and who is the dad-of-two married to? What is Richard Branson's net worth? Sir Richard, 68, has a net worth of around £3.8billion and is a self-made businessman who launched his company Virgin almost 50 years. The Virgin boss was born in Blackheath, London, in 1950 and started his first venture, Virgin Records, in 1972, which he later sold to EMI in 1992 for £500million. The dad-of-two has started up some very lucrative companies along the way, including Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1984 and Virgin Trains in 1993. He also has a keen interest in space, and launched space tourism company Virgin Galactic in 2004, with the hope of offering future trips to space for £153,000 a go. Sir Richard has also created Virgin Media, Virgin Racing and Virgin Comics. Recently, the multi-billionnaire was given … [Read more...] about What is Richard Branson’s net worth, how old is he, when did he buy Necker Island and who is his wife Joan Templeman?
Can there be a "Roseanne" without Roseanne? The answer is yes, indeed. There can even be a pretty good sitcom. And you might not miss her that much. ABC on Tuesday night aired the first episode of "The Conners," a spinoff of "Roseanne" without Roseanne Barr. An overdose of pain pills may be the explanation for the contentious comedian's absence from the Conner dining table, but she still haunts it, at least in the new show's pilot. The writers — Bruce Helford, Bruce Rasmussen and Dave Caplan — have done an absolutely masterful job of tackling a post-Barr world, confronting sadness, cynicism and hopefulness in just the right amount of proportions. They've accomplished that without the main reason people once tuned in. Barr was the show's gravitational pull, the hurler of barbs in that accusatory, whiny voice. Leaving her behind is akin to taking Neil Patrick Harris out of "How I Met Your Mother" or airing "Star Trek" without William Shatner. Royal Family Photos: Harry … [Read more...] about A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ Is a Triumph