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Virgin Galactic Communicae
Issue 12 December 2008
Thank you for registering an interest in Virgin Galactic www.virgingalactic.com and welcome to our 12th Virgin Galactic Communicae. After the historic first Test Flight of WhiteKnightTwo, VG is delighted to bring you an update from Mojave on all the major technical milestones that led up to this inspirational first flight.

Successful WhiteKnightTwo Engine Runs
SUCCESSFUL WK2 ENGINE RUNS, TAXI RUNS
AND HOT ROCKET MOTOR FIRES!
September brought a series of successful engine runs, followed by the short and medium speed taxi runs in October. Excitement was running high for the high speed taxi runs in November, but nothing could compare to the anticipation of the Rocket Motor Fires which brought the project one step closer to Richard Branson's and Burt Rutan's dream of making space more accessible to everyone.
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HISTORIC SUCCESSFUL FIRST WK2 TEST FLIGHT!
On the morning of December 19th, all eyes were fixed on the enormous wing span of the beautiful WK2 mothership – the 140 foot wing span of carbon composite seemed never ending and after years of design and build, the teams from VG and Scaled Composites could not wait to see it soar against the blue sky of the Mojave desert...
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Spaceport Hanger
SPACEPORT UPDATE
Planning and design of Spaceport America is well underway with the New Mexico Spaceport Authority and Virgin Galactic working in close collaboration to ensure delivery of a truly unique facility. Early enabling works have started on the access roads to the site of the new Spaceport, with construction of Virgin Galactic's Terminal Hangar Facility scheduled to start in 2009. The Spaceport will provide a base of operation for VG providing a runway and apron areas, hangar and terminal which will provide astronaut training and lounge amenities.

INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS
INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS
59TH INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL
CONGRESS VISITS SCOTLAND!
Between the 29th of September and 3rd of October, Virgin Galactic participated in the IAC Conference www.iac2008.co.uk which was held in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow:
The IAC attracts leaders of international space agencies, scientific organizations and aerospace companies and allowed VG to advance discussion of our new market areas of scientific research, technology demonstration and astronaut training.
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VG Announces Partnership
PRESS RELEASE – VG ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIIP TO GATHER DATA ON CLIMATE CHANGE!
During the IAC event in Glasgow, VG announced the partnership with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). VG is to look at carrying scientific instruments on board one of its space tourism vehicles to gather data on climate change. This announcement underlined various possibilities and added authority to the many scheduled meetings/discussions during the event.
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White Knight Two Models exhibited at Selfridges, London
WHITEKNIGHTTWO/SPACESHIPTWO MODEL EXHIBITED AT SELFRIDGES, LONDON

During September, the large model of the WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceshipTwo was exhibited in The Wonder Room at the Selfridges store in Oxford Street, London. The model, animation, and VG exhibits received a huge amount of interest from regular customers and tourists from all over the world.


Customer Centrifuge Training
WORLD SERIES AND ELECTION FEVER HITS PHILADELPHIA DURING OUR CUSTOMER CENTRIFUGE TRAINING!
We visited the NASTAR Center in Philadelphia, which is a world class facility that provides training for the aerospace industry. We have devised with them a two day programme that gives Future Astronauts a real taste of what they will experience on their spaceflight. Academic training on acceleration, G forces and how to manage them is given before climbing aboard the centrifuge pod and actually feeling the Gs. On day two, the trainees experienced the exact G force profile of the VG spaceflight and reached a maximum of 4Gz (when the force pushes from your head downwards) and 6Gx (when the force pushes from your chest backwards).
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Tokyo conference
TOKYO STOPOVER – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
In September, Stephen Attenborough (Commercial Director) and Carolyn Wincer (Head of Astronaut Sales) flew to Tokyo to support our Japanese Accredited Space Agent, Club Tourism International, who have been working with VG since 2005. VG held a seminar and press conference, both of which were well attended with excellent coverage.

Astronauts Get Together for Lunch  New Zealand!

ASTRONAUTS GET TOGETHER FOR LUNCH IN NEW ZEALAND!

Carolyn Wincer flew to New Zealand in early October and gave an inspirational presentation in Auckland followed by a live breakfast TV interview. However, the highlight of her trip was when VG's New Zealand ASA, House of Travel, arranged a special lunch for four Future Astronauts in Christchurch. After an informal lunch, local press arrived in force to photograph and interview our first Kiwi customers.

Chile Welcomes Virgin Galactic

CHILE WELCOMES VIRGIN GALACTIC

Our ASA from Chile, Cocha Travel, put a great deal of effort into organizing an incredibly successful Press Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Santiago, mid October. All major print and broadcast media were delighted to meet someone from Virgin Galactic - however the main attraction was the chance to meet one of the first local astronauts.
A string of successful ASA Press Conferences and events followed in Peru, Brazil and Columbia.
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Accedited Space Agents
Sir Richard Branson & Necker manager

NECKER CUSTOMER FORUM – FUTURE ASTRONAUTS
HIT BY HURRICANE OMAR!!

When the Future Astronauts arrived on Necker, they did not expect to be offered activities such as 'Crows-nest Hurricane Surfing' but that's exactly what was in store. Half way though the week, Hurricane Omar, gusting 125mph, made an almost direct hit on the British Virgin Islands - to keep spirits up, a new drinks menu was drawn up, including drinks 'Blown Away', and 'Branson's Breeze'.

Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts are generally seeking new and powerful experiences and this Category 3 Hurricane offered exactly that!

During the recent VG Necker week, our customerís were fortunate enough to be visited by EarthRace the wave piercing, around the world record breaking, biodiesel, all carbon fiber power boat!

School Competition
School Competition

MISSION VIRGIN GALACTIC!

At the end of April, Virgin Galactic, The Royal Aeronautical Society and The Royal Air Force launched the 'MISSION VIRGIN GALACTIC' National Schools Competition www.missionvirgingalactic.com .
The competition has been heavily promoted within schools and teams from schools all over the country have stared working on their entries in September when the children returned to school after the summer holidays.
Ridgeway School in Doncaster organised a special Mission Virgin Galactic Day to promote the schools competition to its pupils. One of Virgin Galactic's team members went to visit the school and carried out workshops with the different teams in order to further excite them about space travel and the possibilities of science, engineering and technology. The children had the opportunity to ask questions about the Virgin Galactic project as well as space travel in general.
The children presented some very interesting and clever product ideas for their entries and were extremely enthusiastic to win the first prize and get a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly to the US and see one of the first test flights
By February 28th schools will have to nominate one team to represent their school in the regional competitions and hopefully at the final at the International Air Tattoo in July 2009

GALACTIC GREETINGS!
The Virgin Galactic team would like to take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful, healthy and happy 2009!
2008 Year of the Spaceship - Let the journey begin!!!

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