Google preparing to buy minority stake in Virgin Galactic

Written by

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014

Google has acquired two satellite and space related startups in 2014, Titan Aerospace and SkyBox Imaging. The third move by Google might be a minority stake in Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture, with the possibility of a future co-op project to launch small satellites in lower-orbit.

The minority stake is not that important, for $30 million Google will gain 1.5 percent of Virgin Galactic, owned by the parent company Virgin. What is important is the next step, Google wants to use Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne spacecraft to send their small satellites into orbit, since they don’t have their own launcher.

This makes Virgin Galactic one of the gatekeepers when it comes to sending space products up into orbit and the deal will give Google leverage over the company. It is interesting that Google has decided to partner with Virgin Galactic over Elon Musk’s Space X, considering they are a more Silicon Valley orientated company.

One of the main reasons could be SkyBox Imaging, the startup Google just acquired for $500 million, were already established partners with Virgin Galactic.

Even though Virgin Galactic’s consumer face is making tourist travels around space, their way to make money on the side is through the LauncherOne and other spacecraft, something a lot of commercial space companies seem interested in.

Google has interesting plans for unconnected parts of the world, already Project Loon is showing good results and the satellites from SkyBox Imaging could lead to even more resources for the four billion people in the world still not on the Internet.

Facebook is another runner in the race trying to get Internet access to unconnected zones of the world. Google looks to be winning the race, considering they acquire Titan Aerospace, a startup Facebook was also interested in and Project Loon shows Google are in this for the long run.

Virgin Galactic will most likely accept the deal for 1.5 percent, considering Google is a valuable asset to have in times of need. In exchange, Google will be able to make SkyBox Imaging and Titan Aerospace’s lives a little easier when it comes to getting their satellites into orbit.

Related Posts


Hints on how to write a helpful review

A great review should have the following qualities:

  • A helpful review should connect and engage with the readers using personal experience.
  • An excellent review provides the readers with cogent and unbiased information necessary to help them make the best choice.
  • A review must be well-formatted to make reading easier by using multiple paragraphs and avoiding caps.
  • The primary goal of your review must remain to provide accurate and non-salesy information.
  • Above all, let your review be fair and honest.

We have high level of professional editorial section with zero tolerance policy on fake reviews.

To maintain the genuineness of our brand, we ensure all customer reviews submitted to us are verified and confirmed before publishing. Though we might not be a 100% accurate, however, we try our best to ensure being next to best. For a thorough verification of submitted reviews, we spend close to 7 working days before allowing any customer review to be published since we also work on the earliest submissions first.

The Quality Page Score Explained

    Your Rating*

    Were you able to find the information you were looking for on our website? YesNo

    Did you find that information valuable?

    How likely are you to share our page with a friend? Scale 1 to 5