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  • Virgin America prices IPO at $23/shr-underwriter Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    Nov 13- Virgin America Inc's initial public offering was priced at $23 per share, according to an underwriter, valuing the low-cost airline, partly owned by Richard Branson, at $993.6 million. The IPO raised about $307 million after it was priced slightly below the expected range of $21- $24 per share. Barclays, BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank...

  • How to spend a $1 million bonus Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:37 PM ET
    Stack of money

    It's bonus season! Turney Duff breaks down the anatomy of a $1 million bonus — and how to spend it.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- A UK insurer that recently began offering life coverage for would-be space tourists said it has seen no increase in interest in the policy following the fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic test space ship last month. The policy, sold by Pembroke Managing Agency, pays up to $5 million per traveler or $20 million per suborbital space flight, parent...

  • Mark Sirangelo, who leads the space division of privately held Sierra Nevada Corp, told industry executives Thursday that he expected the industry to learn from the accidents and urged a measured response by lawmakers. The U.S. Air Force is also working to certify privately held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to launch big military and spy...

  • ABU DHABI, Nov 6- The Abu Dhabi fund which owns a major stake in Virgin Galactic will wait for results of the probe into last week's fatal crash before deciding on its commitment to the project, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The backing of deep-pocketed Aabar Investments, run by the Abu Dhabi government, may be crucial to Virgin...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- While private pilots and skydivers have to take out extra life insurance to cover the added risk of their pursuits, space tourists do not need special policies on their high flying rides. That loophole is likely to disappear, slowly, after the fatal crash last week of a test flight of a Virgin Galactic space ship designed to take tourists into space.

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 3- A human-factors expert will join the investigation of the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's passenger spacecraft to study why the co-pilot prematurely unlocked a pivoting tail section of the ship during a test flight, the National Transportation Safety Board chairman said on Monday. Video footage from the cockpit shows co-pilot Michael...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 3- A team investigating the fatal test-flight crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship found that its rotating tail, designed to ease reentry into the atmosphere, was activated prematurely, and said pilot error could not be ruled out. SpaceShipTwo, developed by the fledgling space tourism company of billionaire entrepreneur Richard...

  • Virgin Galactic investigation: NTSB's first clue   Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 10:50 AM ET
    Virgin Galactic investigation: NTSB's first clue

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports the latest details on the crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. Wells says the NTSB may have its first clue as to what caused the breakup.

  • Nov 3- Virgin America Inc, a low-cost airline partly owned by Richard Branson, said its initial public offering is expected to be priced at $21- $24 per share, valuing the company at about $1.04 billion at the top end of the range. Virgin America, known for mood lighting and wi-fi and comfortable leather seats even in economy class, offers flights to 22 cities in the...

  • Nov 3- Virgin America Inc, a low-cost airline partly owned by Richard Branson, said it its initial public offering is expected to be priced at $21- $24 per share, valuing the company at about $1.04 billion at the top end of the range. The company is selling 13.1 million of the 13.3 million shares in the offering, which is expected to raise up to $320.1 million.

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 2- An investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship has found that a function to help the craft descend into the atmosphere was deployed early, a federal safety official said on Sunday, adding pilot error could not be ruled out. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into what caused the...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 2- The investigation into last week's deadly crash of the Virgin Galactic spaceship has found that the "feathering" function to help it descend into the atmosphere from space was deployed early, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday. SpaceShipTwo's rotating tail boom, a key safety feature for re-entering the atmosphere,...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 2- The head of the federal agency examining last week's fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship during a test flight in California's Mojave Desert said on Sunday the vehicle appears to have broken apart in flight. Virgin Galactic's owner, British billionaire and entrepreneur Richard Branson, traveled to Mojave on Saturday to...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 2- The head of the federal agency examining last week's fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship during a test flight in California's Mojave Desert said on Sunday the vehicle appears to have broken apart in flight. Virgin Galactic's owner, British billionaire and entrepreneur Richard Branson, traveled to Mojave on Saturday to...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 2- Virgin Galactic could have a new spacecraft ready to fly by next year, the chief executive of Richard Branson's space tourism company said in an interview published on Sunday, reacting to concerns about the safety of technology used in the Virgin craft that crashed last week. His remarks followed a somber assessment of the future of Virgin...

  • Branson: I'll get to the bottom of Galactic crash Sunday, 2 Nov 2014 | 12:56 AM ET
    Fly from New York to Beijing in two hours on this?

    Richard Branson said he was determined to find out what caused a spaceship being developed by his tourism company to crash during a test flight.

  • Michael Alsbury, 39, has been identified as the pilot who died in the crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, and the surviving pilot is Peter Siebold, 43, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Branson arrived in California's Mojave Desert to meet his Virgin Galactic team and federal officials who were opening their investigation into Friday's...

  • MOJAVE, Calif./ CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov 1- B illionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said on Saturday he was determined to find out what caused a passenger spaceship being developed by his space tourism company to crash during a test flight in California's Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and injuring the other. Branson arrived in California to meet his Virgin...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 1- Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California's Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. Friday's crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the...

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