We are a part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. With our sister companies, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit, we are developing and operating a new generation of space vehicles to open space for everyone. Our mission, to be the Spaceline for Earth, means we focus on using space for good while delivering an unparalleled customer experience. We recognize that improving access to space is a fundamentally challenging ambition. We will achieve it only in a spirit of collaboration and with a recognition that we must continually learn and can always improve.
Virgin Galactic operates the reusable SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system. This consists of WhiteKnightTwo, a custom-built, carrier aircraft, and SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first passenger carrying spaceship to be built by a private company and operated in commercial service. The first Virgin Galactic spaceship to enter service is VSS Unity. Built by The Spaceship Company, Unity and her sister spaceships will, for the first time, offer everyone the opportunity to become private astronauts and experience the wonder of space for themselves. Our spaceships will also offer the research community a unique platform for space-based science
We will be running a regular schedule of spaceflights for private individuals and researchers from our operational hub at New Mexico’s Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose built commercial spaceport. In our drive to democratize space, we seek to inspire young people through space-inspired Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. Galactic Unite, our outreach initiative, was the brainchild of our pioneering Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut customers. Through a wide variety of outreach programs, Galactic Unite offers both practical assistance and a planetary perspective to our brilliant engineers of the future.