Virgin Galactic’s VR-powered website lets you tour its spaceships

As Virgin Galactic gears up for commercial spaceflights and science research, the company has partnered up with Microsoft and its Edge browser to create a new website that's both mobile-friendly and WebVR optimized. The new site shows off Virgin's ef…
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Virgin Mobile to offer Certified Pre-loved iPhone 7 and 7 Plus starting at $350

The Sprint MVNO has announced that it will begin offering certified pre-owned iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets at $ 350 for a 32GB iPhone 7 or $ 350 for an iPhone 7 Plus, also with 32GB of storage. By comparison, a new iPhone 7 goes for $ 550 and a new iPhone 7 Plus starts at $ 670. These go on sale starting next month. Virgin Mobile already offers pre-owned iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, so the addition of iPhone 7 devices offers a water-resistant iPhone with stereo speakers for a lot less. Those go start at $ 230 and $ 280, respectively. Virign’s Certified Pre-loved iPhones come…

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Virgin Galactic Just Successfully Tested One of Their Spaceplanes

Hopeful space tourists have reason to smile today. This morning, the Spaceship Company, a spacecraft manufacturer owned by Virgin Galactic, successfully flight tested a Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2 or SpaceShipTwo), a spaceplane designed specifically with space tourism in mind.

Virgin Galactic announced the VSS Unity’s seventh test flight via Twitter early this morning.

They followed that up with a few updates, as well as an image of the successful landing.

The SpaceShipTwo was publicly unveiled in 2009 and has since been in development and testing. Each of the air-launched, suborbital planes can carry a total of six passengers and two pilots, and Virgin Galactic hopes to have a fleet of five for their private passenger service.

While this SpaceShipTwo test flight puts Virgin Galactic one step closer to their lofty goal of creating the world’s first commercial spaceline, they aren’t there yet. The SpaceShipTwo will require more testing, and even once Virgin Galactic is happy with the craft’s performance, space tourism is uncharted territory that will likely require significant regulatory review.

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New Virgin Hyperloop One Details Revealed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

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At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the recently renamed Virgin Hyperloop One unveiled two products that show just how far the concept has come since its inception. The most notable reveal was a detailed look at the first generation design of the pod that will be used to ferry people and cargo. Officially called the Virgin Hyperloop One XP-1 pod, it reached speeds of 387 kilometers per hour (240 mph) during the company’s third phase of testing.

Virgin Hyperloop One intends to begin construction on a hyperloop route in 2019, with full-scale production tests to follow in 2021. However, we still know very little about how passengers will book their trips once the pods become operational. Will people be able to buy tickets online, or would they have to go to a hyperloop location?

A potential answer to the second question may be in the second product Virgin Hyperloop One revealed at CES 2018: a mobile app that’s meant to “simplify and customize hyperloop trip planning.” The app, set to release later this year, enables people to schedule and pay for their hyperloop trips ahead of time, as well as other forms of transportation such as public, private, and ride-sharing services. They can also tailor the app to show them only the fastest, cheapest, or greenest transportation options.

“We’re giving the public a taste of what a Virgin Hyperloop One experience will be like by publicly unveiling our pod and demonstrating how passengers will experience booking a hyperloop trip from their pocket,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, in a statement. “Every hardware and software milestone brings us closer to commercializing hyperloop.”

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Its capabilities don’t end there: since Virgin Hyperloop One collaborated with HERE Technologies and used their Mobile Software Development Kit for Business to develop the app, it can also provide advanced location, mapping, and navigation capabilities for 136 countries. As if that wasn’t enough, there will also be public transit information for
nearly 1,300 cities, plus 3D indoor and venue maps.

As Matt Jones, Virgin Hyperloop One’s SVP of Software Engineering puts it, “We see hyperloop as the high-speed backbone for mass transit networks, [it’s] far from just a pod in a tube. It’s a means to provide a seamless routing experience across multiple transportation modes.”

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New LG Tribute Dynasty smartphone surfaces, coming to Sprint, Boost, and Virgin mobile

User manual for a new LG Tribute series smartphone has surfaced. Dubbed Tribute Dynasty, the device carries a model number of LG-SP200. A device with the same model number has already been certified by the FCC. Nothing much is known about the device at the moment, except that it will be available in the US through Sprint, Boost, and Virgin mobile. It’s already end of the year, so it’s reasonable to assume the phone will be made official sometime early next year (CES 2018, perhaps). Via

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