Monthly Archives: August 2015


Anousheh Ansari: First female spaceflight participant to the ISS

By |August 30th, 2015|

The descriptive phrase Spaceflight Participant was adopted by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and Russia’s space agency to identify private citizens who pay a substantial fee to travel into space. This is much more appropriate than “space tourist,” which is still used in the media by the uninformed.

During the United States’ shuttle program, NASA implemented […]

When will Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic take flight?

By |August 10th, 2015|

Virgin Galactic must qualify as Richard Branson’s longest running business launch of his entrepreneurial career.  Ten years ago this July, Branson’s Virgin Group signed an agreement with Scaled Composites to design, build and test a multi-passenger version of the SpaceShipOne spacecraft designed by Burt Rutan. Branson was confident he could have regularly scheduled suborbital flights […]