Virgin Galactic Opens Ticket Sales and Rebrands, Waves Bye Bye to Richard Branson’s Eye Eye

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Virgin Galactic opened ticket sales to the general public and rebranded itself today a week ahead of what promises to be another dismal quarterly earnings report. The company most recently reported to having 700 reservations for suborbital spaceflights, with plans to reach 1,000 later this year. Space tourism flights are currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.

Virgin Galactic’s battered stock, which opened at $8.93, soared by more than 29 percent to $10.50 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is scheduled to report earnings (actually a loss) for the fourth quarter of 2021 on Feb. 22.


Orbite Partners with Renowned Creator Philippe Starck for New Astronaut Training Complex

SEATTLE, November 17, 2021 (Orbite PR) –– Orbite, the premier space training company for ultimate adventurers, has partnered with world-renowned French creator Philippe Starck to design its state-of-the-art Astronaut Training and Spaceflight Gateway Complex in a to-be-announced, U.S.-based location. The revolutionary facility will reimagine preparation for the human spaceflight experience and provide space explorers with the tools and training needed to maximize the impact and enjoyment of their journey. 

The complex will include cutting edge training spaces and equipment, the highest level of amenities for extended training and pre-mission quarantine, and other immersive experiences for individuals to learn more about and prepare for space travel. The development of the Astronaut  Training and Spaceflight Gateway Complex enables Orbite to deliver on its core mission of holistically preparing individuals to experience and explore space safely. 


Famous French Designer Working on Spaceport America


The Independent has a profile about Frenchman Philippe Starck, who is “arguably the most famous designer dans le monde” and whose work will soon be seen by millionauts flying into space aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo out of Spaceport America.