Latest Richard Branson News

Correction: Virgin Orbit-Launch story

Jan. 16, 2022 11:22 AM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story published January 13, 2022, about a Virgin Orbit launch, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Richard Branson said 480 countries can use Virgin Orbit. He said “all 180 countries” can use it.

World Economic Forum warns cyber risks add to climate threat

Jan. 11, 2022 09:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Cyberthreats and the growing space race are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday. The Global Risks Report is usually released ahead...

Virgin Atlantic gets another cash injection through pandemic

Dec. 13, 2021 15:37 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Virgin Atlantic has received 400 million pounds ($530 million) of new funding from its shareholders to help the airline ride out the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Monday, the company said its shareholders, Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Atlanta-based Delta...

Strahan flies to space with astronaut's daughter: 'Wow!'

Dec. 11, 2021 14:35 PM EST

Football star and TV celebrity Michael Strahan caught a ride to space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket-launching company Saturday, sharing the trip with the daughter of America’s first astronaut. “TOUCHDOWN has a new meaning now!!!" he tweeted after landing. Blue...

FAA: No more commercial astronaut wings, too many launching

Dec. 10, 2021 19:18 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Heads up, future space travelers: No more commercial astronaut wings will be awarded from the Federal Aviation Administration after this year. The FAA said Friday it's clipping its astronaut wings because too many people are now launching into space and...

2021's notable moments on TV: Capitol riot, 'Rust,' Shatner

Dec. 06, 2021 13:42 PM EST

If a year can be accused of bait-and-switch, 2021 is fair game. It was reasonable to believe, or hope, that the pandemic would steadily recede in the rear-view mirror, that a White House transition might mean less political rancor, that America could honorably end its “forever...

Dystopia, 'she-cession,' TikTok dances: We're over you, 2021

Dec. 01, 2021 10:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic, politics, pervasive anxiety over the climate and the economy. Did 2021 leave us any time to ponder anything else? As we limp our way into a new year, there are a few more things we'd like to leave behind, from pop culture's obsession with all things apocalyptic...

Singapore to rule Tuesday on disabled Malaysian's execution

Nov. 25, 2021 23:58 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore’s top court will decide Tuesday on the fate of a Malaysian man on death row who is believed to be mentally disabled, his family and a rights group said Friday. The hearing at the Court of Appeal was originally scheduled for Nov....

NFL defensive great Michael Strahan to be next space tourist

Nov. 23, 2021 10:47 AM EST

“Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan is going to space next month. Strahan, who turned 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on the Dec. 9 mission aboard the New Shepard, a spacecraft named after her...

New Mexico spaceport boss seeks funds to keep momentum going

Nov. 15, 2021 21:47 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Operations are ramping up at Spaceport America in New Mexico, and the executive director told lawmakers Monday that he needs an additional $2 million in annual funding to keep the momentum going. Scott McLaughlin testified before a legislative...