Virgin Galactic and the Italian Air Force signed a contract Oct. 2 to train and carry three Italians into suborbital space aboard SpaceShipTwo to conduct research experiments in flight as soon as next year.  Neither the company nor the Italian government disclosed the contract’s value. Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses said the mission is similar a commercial tourist flight, though with additional training and integration of the experiments. A 90-min. tourist flight on Virgin ...

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