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Virgin Galactic (Space Race Didn't End)

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Type Limited liability company
Industry Space tourism
Founded 2004
Founder(s) Richard Branson
Headquarters Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Key people George Whitesides (CEO)
Parent Virgin Group
Website virgingalactic.com
Virgin Galactic is a company within Richard Branson's Virgin Group which provides orbital spaceflights to space tourists, orbital launches for space science missions and orbital launches of small satellites. Further in the future Virgin Galactic hopes to offer lunar spaceflights as well. Virgin Galactic's spacecraft were designed by Burt Rutan and are launched from a large aeroplane, giving the spacecraft more initial speed and altitude than if it were launched from the ground and hopes to break Microrocket's near monopoly on launch services.

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