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Space tourism is the next great frontier for mankind and Virgin Galactic is at the forefront with its innovative space planes.
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For years, Virgin Galactic has been known as the trailblazer for space tourism, and the reveal of its brand new line of spacesuits (a partnership with Under Armour) only further solidified that fact.

The new spacesuits dont look like the ones we are typically used to, and thats because Virgin Galactic wants its passengers to be as comfortable and flexible as possible during suborbital flights.

With private companies like SpaceX, Boeing, and Blue Origin all developing innovative commercial rockets for human spaceflight, we are in the midst of what some call the next-generation space race.

And Virgin Galactic remains an ambitious contender by promising to send anyone, thats right anyone, not just astronauts, to space as early as 2020. The spaceflight company promises a view like youve never seen before.

And while its no secret that Virgin Galactic has had some tragic setbacks including a ground explosion in 2007 and a fatal crash in 2014. After going back to the drawing board and conducting years of test runs, Virgin Galactic accomplished its first successful crewed flight in December 2018.

And then another successful spaceflight in February 2019 where the three crew members and NASA scientific payloads reached an altitude of about 89 kilometers above sea level.

Find out more about Virgin Galactics goal to make traveling to space more accessible and how the company plans to do so on this episode of Countdown to Launch.

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Virgin Galactic: Mission
https://www.virgingalactic.com/mission/
"Virgin Galactic operates the reusable SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system. This consists of WhiteKnightTwo, a custom-built, carrier aircraft, and SpaceShipTwo, the worlds first passenger carrying spaceship to be built by a private company and operated in commercial service."

This Is the Free Jumpsuit Youll Get With a $250,000 Ticket to Space
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/science/virgin-galactic-spacesuit.html
"For its garments, Virgin Galactic enlisted Under Armour, the maker of high-performance sportswear, to develop the out-of-the-world garb. Virgin Galactic wants its passengers not only to look good but also to feel comfortable to fully appreciate the flight, which will soar to an altitude of more than 50 miles."

Richard Bransons Space Unit to Go Public
https://www.wsj.com/articles/bransons-space-unit-to-go-public-11562644860
"Virgin Galactic, Richard Bransons space-tourism venture, is preparing for liftoff as a publicly traded company. Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp., a special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, is planning to invest roughly $800 million in Virgin Galactic for a 49% stake."

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