Virgin Galactic Suddenly Very Chatty About Engine Progress

Newton engine (Credi: Virgin Galactic)
Newton engine (Credi: Virgin Galactic)

The exclusive, multi-platform partnership that Virgin Galactic has forged with NBCUniversal has begun to bear fruit over the past two months. The media giant has signed on to chronicle Sir Richard Branson’s flight aboard SpaceShipTwo and all the events leading up to it.

In November, Sir Richard Branson phoned into CNBC from his Necker Island retreat in the Caribbean to announce that Virgin Galactic would begin accepting the virtual currency Bitcoin for SpaceShipTwo reservations.

A month later, NBC News got into the act, with Science Editor Alan Boyle and a film crew trekking out to Mojave for a powered flight of SpaceShipTwo. They went away disappointed when the test was scrubbed due to a rare patch of bad weather in the High Desert.

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Virtually Speaking Science
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Cosmic Log’s Alan Boyle and Space Studies Institute’s Robin Snelson, aka Rocket Sellers, explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy. Their guest: M.V. “Coyote” Smith, Colonel, USAF and Director of the Air Force Space and Cyber Strategy Center, Professor of Strategic Space Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), and Space Chair at Air University. http://spaceprojectenterprise.blogspot.com/