Jul 9, 2019

Podcast: Virgin Galactic blasts into public markets

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Virgin Galactic is going public

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Virgin Galactic is going public, joining with former Facebook senior executive Chamath Palihapitiya's Social Capital Hedosophia in a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that will see SCH invest $800 million for a 49% stake in the company.

Details: The company is expected to finish the merger by the second half of the year, according to a press release sent this morning, making Richard Branson's space-tourism venture into the first publicly traded human spaceflight company.

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Blue Origin gets closer to flying people to the edge of space

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket lifting off. Photo: Blue Origin

Blue Origin is just a few test flights away from flying people to suborbital space by the end of the year, CEO Bob Smith told Axios.

Why it matters: If the Jeff Bezos-founded company does manage to fly humans to the edge of space aboard its New Shepard system before the end of the year, it makes the company a major player in the suborbital game.

Go deeperArrowJul 23, 2019

Podcast: Which Democrats are able to break through the noise

Ahead of this week's Democratic Party debates, Axios looked at which presidential candidate issues and storylines are getting the most social media attention. Dan digs in with Axios reporter Neal Rothschild.

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