Virgin Orbit’s First Rocket Drop from a Modified Boeing 747

Virgin Galactic sister company Virgin Orbit is one step closer to air-launching satellites. Their first-ever rocket drop test from a modified Boeing 747 carrier (named Cosmic Girl) was a notable success. The goal of the test was to enact and observe a clean, careful separation of a LauncherOne rocket payload and carrier craft. An orbital flight for the rocket is the next milestone they hope …

Y-3 Space Apparel for Virgin Galactic

The adidas + Yohji Yamamoto collaborative brand will suit up the commercial spaceline's pilots and passengers

Within their respective industries, Sir Richard Branson and Yohji Yamamoto share a vision for chasing the future. Both have been progressive-thinking rule-breakers for decades—so it comes as not too much of a surprise that Branson’s Virgin Galactic worked with Y-3 (Yamamoto’s sportswear line with adidas) to develop space-appropriate uniforms. Functional, fashionable and—rather than futuristic—grounded in the “now,” the prototype designs for the pilot flight-suit and …