Virgin Galactic’s CEO, George Whitesides, in front of the second SpaceShipTwo as he congratulates the team in Mojave after completing another important milestone in the process of assembling and integrating the second SpaceShipTwo – Weight on Wheels. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic
Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo, a reusable suborbital “spaceplane” for flying tourists and other […]
The National Transportation and Safety Board met on July 28, 2015, to discuss the probably cause surrounding the fatal SpaceShipTwo accident that occurred in late-October 2014. Photo Credit: NTSB
After a series of delays on the morning of Oct. 31, 2014, pilot Peter Siebold and co-pilot Michael Alsbury soared over the Mojave Desert on […]
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) looking over wreckage from the crash of Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two, which killed co-pilot Michael Alsbury and injured pilot Peter Siebold, who managed to parachute to the ground. Photo Credit: NTSB
The commercial spaceflight industry is working hard to pick up the pieces after two failures, […]
From Cory Bergman (@corybe) on Twitter: “Photo of #SpaceShipTwo debris from @ABC23News’ helicopter.” Image Credit: @ABC23News and @corybe on Twitter
This morning, over the desert in Mojave, Calif., Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, designed to ferry tourists to altitudes of 62 miles above Earth, broke up in flight shortly after firing its engines, resulting in a […]
The crew of STS-41D—launched in August 1984—boasted the commercial industry’s first astronaut, Charles Walker. He is pictured at top left (next to Judith Resnik). At bottom, crew members Mike Mullane, Steve Hawley, Hank Hartsfield, and Michael Coats smile for the camera. Photo Credit: NASA.
Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight was published by […]
On Sept. 5, 2013, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was released from its carrier aircraft and proceeded to conduct its second supersonic flight. Photo Credit: Mars Scientific / Clay Center Observatory
At 8 a.m. PDT, over the deserts of Mojave, Calif., Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2), ferried aloft by the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft, was released, and […]
Photo Credit: Martin
PhysOrg reports that New Zealand company Martin Aircraft has been cleared to perform human flight testing on a personalized jetpack called P12.
Image Credit: Planetary Resources
After a month-long campaign, Planetary Resources, Inc., a company with its eye on mining asteroids, reached its goal on Sunday, June 30 of raising $1.5 million through crowdfunding. The money, pledged by 17,600 supporters through the Kickstarter website, will go toward launching the world’s first public-use space telescope—Arkyd. Due to […]
Rick “C.J.” Sturckow (center), pictured during training for the STS-128 mission. Photo Credit: NASA
Only days after triumphantly testing SpaceShipTwo on its first powered flight above the Mojave Air and Space Port, Calif., Virgin Galactic has announced that former astronaut Rick “C.J.” Sturckow has joined its commercial team of pilots. Sturckow left NASA earlier […]
Photo Credit: MarsScientific.com / Clay Center Observatory
Virgin Galactic activated SpaceShipTwo’s (SS2) rocket motor for the first time in flight Monday morning, sending the space plane supersonic and paving the way for customers to fly into space.