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    1. June 29, 2015

      European satellite group shares fall in wake of SpaceX explosion

      Shares in European satellite groups including SES, Eutelsat, Inmarsat and Avanti fell on Monday morning following the...

    2. June 25, 2015

      OneWeb secures $500m from Virgin, Qualcomm, Airbus and Bharti

      An attempt to develop a low-orbit satellite network has received $500m of investment to provide internet communications to...

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    1. April 27, 2015

      Satellite industry aims smaller and lower

      Satellite technology explainer Change was in the air at the recent Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Suspended from the...

    2. April 20, 2015

      Virgin Galactic aims to begin testing another spaceship this year

      Virgin Galactic, the space venture of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, hopes to start testing another spaceship before...

    3. January 23, 2015

      Davos 2015: Richard Branson to press on with space tourism

      Richard Branson will press on with his Virgin space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of one of his rocket ships in...

    4. January 20, 2015

      Start-ups and their funders shoot for the stars

      Last year’s crashes of rockets operated by Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences came as a reminder of the risks inherent in...

    5. January 15, 2015

      Richard Branson’s Virgin and Qualcomm back satellite venture

      Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Qualcomm, the US chipmaker, have taken equity stakes in a satellite venture that...

    6. December 23, 2014

      Our manifest destiny is to move beyond Earth

      The triumph and tragedy of space flight, manned and unmanned, have been on full view over the past year. The tragedy...

    7. December 8, 2014

      Commercialisation of space is new final frontier

      Space travel used to be the preserve of governments, but high costs and public spending priorities had driven it into...

    8. November 14, 2014

      Virgin America gets IPO off the ground

      Virgin America, the US airline part-owned by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, successfully sold shares on Thursday...

    9. November 7, 2014

      Week in Review, November 8

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Virgin aircraft crash casts pall over...

    10. November 6, 2014

      Virgin faulted for safety precautions

      Safety procedures at Virgin Galactic, whose spacecraft crashed on a test flight last week, included too few safeguards to...

    11. November 6, 2014

      Virgin Galactic crash highlights different safety philosophies

      Watching video of SpaceShipTwo’s second powered flight – on September 5, 2013 – makes it easy to understand how thin the...

    12. November 5, 2014

      Virgin group: Brand it like Branson

      Sir Richard Branson is a mass of contradictions. A man who often appears shy, yet has built a brand around his charisma....

    13. November 4, 2014

      Virgin Galactic crash and the need for risk-takers

      The tragedy of Sir Richard Branson’s exploding spaceship is an example of entrepreneur overconfidence. The price of failure...

    14. November 3, 2014

      Safety practices in focus in crash probe

      If anyone doubted the complexity of the issues raised by Friday’s crash of a Virgin Galactic spacecraft, Sunday night’s...

    15. November 3, 2014

      Pilot action played a role in Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

      The Virgin Galactic spaceship that crashed on Friday disintegrated in mid-air after one of its pilots prematurely moved a...

    16. November 2, 2014

      Branson’s space tourist mission brought back down to earth

      About an hour before WhiteKnightTwo, SpaceShipTwo’s mother ship, took off to carry the craft into the Mojave Desert sky on...

    17. November 2, 2014

      Branson battles to keep space dream alive

      Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is battling to keep alive its dream of putting tourists into space as accusations...

    18. November 2, 2014

      Virgin Group funds tapped for delayed space venture

      Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has been paying for its ambitious Virgin Galactic space tourism venture out of its own...

    19. November 2, 2014

      Space still the final frontier for Branson

      Sending celebrities and jaded millionaires into suborbital flight might not exactly fit with the Virgin Group’s historic...

    20. November 2, 2014

      Showmanship and business collide in Virgin’s space venture

      Richard Branson is one of the world’s best-known entrepreneurs. But the founder of Virgin is really two people: Sir Richard,...

    21. November 2, 2014

      Space tourism is a high risk publicity strategy

      Few understand better than Richard Branson the value of a marketing stunt in modern business. The need to project the Virgin...

    22. November 2, 2014

      Virgin Galactic head rejects risk-taking claims

      Virgin Galactic’s shattered dream The head of Virgin Galactic, whose test spacecraft suffered a fatal crash on Friday, has...

    23. November 1, 2014

      Branson’s familiar path offers limited clues into the future

      Although its activities might be eye-catchingly different from the group’s other enterprises, Virgin Galactic has followed a...

    24. November 1, 2014

      Two crashes pose questions for private companies in space

      It could not have been more of a contrast to the cheery optimism with which Sir Richard Branson has sought to sell $250,000...

    25. October 31, 2014

      Branson vows to push ahead with space tourism after rocket crash

      SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave desert Sir Richard Branson has vowed to press ahead with his plans to become the first space...

    26. September 26, 2014

      Better late than never for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

      Shortly after Apollo 8 entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve 1968, Pan American Airways announced plans for commercial...

    27. July 15, 2014

      UK space industry poised for lift-off

      Space tourism and the continued rapid growth of Britain’s space industry will provide a £1bn annual boost to the economy,...

    28. May 30, 2014

      Elon Musk plans next stage of space travel with reusable rockets

      Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk expects to send astronauts into space in his reusable rockets within two years, promising...

    29. May 20, 2014

      General warns of US space vulnerability

      The head of the US Air Force’s space command says he is “very concerned” about the state of the country’s rocket industry in...

    30. May 13, 2014

      BitPay secures $30m in fundraising drive

      BitPay, whose software is used by Virgin Galactic to let people pay for space flights with Bitcoins, has become the world’s...

    31. April 30, 2014

      Space industry plans win extra thrust

      A new National Space Security Policy will make the UK more resilient to disruption of space services – whether through...

    32. March 14, 2014

      The dark side of space: how capitalism poses a threat beyond Earth

      For a long time the idea of commercial space was an eccentric billionaire’s pipe dream. A fanciful desire of those with a...

    33. FT Alphaville

      March 3, 2014

      Stratospheric property (seriously)

      Late last year we speculated that if anything was going to disrupt the London property bull market it was going to be a...

    34. February 28, 2014

      The new market space: billionaire investors look beyond Earth

      Here we are more than a decade into the 21st century and we’re still not there. To be a child of the 1960s and 1970s was to...

    35. February 10, 2014

      Bristol Spaceplanes joins tourism race

      Bristol Spaceplanes, a small UK company, has entered the galactic race by trying to develop a spaceplane aimed at making...

    36. November 14, 2013

      Call for Britain to have its own spaceport

      Britain should have a spaceport in operation by 2018 to take advantage of the coming era of space tourism and act as...

    37. October 28, 2013

      A wobbly ‘march of the makers’

      Can a country reshape its economy by political will? Joseph Stalin dragged the Soviet Union from the agrarian to the...

    38. October 25, 2013

      Short cuts: Heston Blumenthal in a food festival in Italy; Toronto’s $130m indoor aquarium

      Italy Heston Blumenthal is to host a food and skiing festival at the foot of Mont Blanc in February 2014. Blumenthal, chef...

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