Virgin Galactic soars into space and the record books with succesful test flight

Virgin Galactic soars into space and the record books with succesful test flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the costs of accessing space fall we’re seeing the start of a new era in tourism – space tourism.   Late last Thursday a Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasted to the edge of space, capping off years of difficult testing to become the first US commercial...

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Virgin Orbit strapped a rocket to their 747 to democratise access to space

Virgin Orbit strapped a rocket to their 747 to democratise access to space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many companies are trying to lower the cost of launching goods and people into space, and this is one of the craziest yet, but it’s likely going to work.   A number of companies are exploring ways to launch a rocket not from a launchpad,...

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Virgin Atlantic completes world’s first biofuel trans Atlantic flight

Virgin Atlantic completes world’s first biofuel trans Atlantic flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global airline industry is one of the world’s heaviest polluters, and new clean sources of fuel are vital in helping the industry become more sustainable.   First Alaskan Airlines flew an aircraft using nothing more than wood pellets, but now Virgin Atlantic has gone...

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DP World and Virgin unveil Cargospeed Hyperloop

DP World and Virgin unveil Cargospeed Hyperloop

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we transport goods around the planet will change more in the next thirty years than it has in the last two hundred, and this is simply the latest announcement in a long line of transportation modernisation initiatives.   DP World has launched Cargospeed,...

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Futurist in the press: Exclusive interview with Richard Branson, Metro newspaper

Futurist in the press: Exclusive interview with Richard Branson, Metro newspaper

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Richard Branson is one of the most iconic entrepreneurs of all time but sometimes you’ve got to give the critics fuel in order to create the future.   I have to admit I do sometimes have to sit back and pinch myself, after all, it...

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SpaceX, Facebook and others compete to connect the next 3.5 billion people

SpaceX, Facebook and others compete to connect the next 3.5 billion people

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over half the worlds population has no access to the internet, or the services, or benefits it offers. These audacious global internet programs want to resolve that.   Internet access is cheap, fast and available everywhere. Mobile phone and communications companies throw unlimited data plans...

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British spymasters lay plans to build a Great British Firewall

British spymasters lay plans to build a Great British Firewall

With the number of cyber attacks against UK businesses and infrastructure increasing GCHQ lays down plans for a Great British Firewall Ambitious new plans are being drawn up by GCHQ to create a “Great British Firewall” to block malicious websites countrywide and combat a doubling of serious cyber attacks threatening...

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Elon Musk wants his space internet venture to fund a city on Mars

Elon Musk wants his space internet venture to fund a city on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Musk needs to raise $10 Billion to fund his ambitious 2026 Mars flights as well as a Martian City, the profits from this project will help fund his Mars project   Elon Musk doesn’t only plan to bring the whole world online using a fleet...

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