NASA Selects Experimental Commercial Suborbital Flight Payloads

Image Credit: NASA’s Commercial Space Partners

In yet another effort to strengthen ties with emerging commercial space companies, NASA has tapped 13 technology payloads to fly on commercial vehicles as part of its Flight Opportunities program. These range from rockets and space planes to balloons. NASA hopes that these flights will allow those […]

Virgin Unveils Air-Launched Booster, Confirms SpaceShipTwo Customers

Artist’s concept of LauncherOne, ferried to altitude beneath the twin-fuselage WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites

Four years from now, a powerful new rocket will be lifted to altitude by Scaled Composites’ WhiteKnightTwo aircraft, carrying with it the promise of bringing down the cost of delivering payload into orbit to a fraction […]

Space Propulsion Group’s New Motor Roars to Life

The flame generated during the Space Propulsion Group's 22-inch hybrid liquid oxygen and paraffin motor test on June 29, 2012. Photo Credit: Space Propulsion Group

Last Friday June 29, the California-based Space Propulsion Group tested a new motor that promises to be a game changer. It’s for a hybrid propulsion system – half […]

Virgin Galactic Settles in New Mexico Before Moving into Space

An artist's impression of SpaceShipTwo dropping from the mother ship just before igniting its rocket. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites

As Virgin Galactic moves steadily closer to its goal of launching the first ticket-carrying passengers into suborbital space next year, the company is setting up the infrastructure it needs to make that happen. […]

Virgin Galactic Selects NanoRacks to Conduct Suborbital Research Aboard SpaceShipTwo

SpaceShipTwo resting under the Mothership White Knight Two inside a hangar in Mojave,Ca. USA. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic/Mark Greenberg

 

SpaceShipTwo resting under the Mothership White Knight Two inside a hangar in Mojave,Ca. USA. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic/Mark Greenberg

MOJAVE, Calif. – (Feb. 27, 2012) Virgin Galactic LLC, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced today that it has selectedNanoRacks LLC to construct a rack system to allow research payloads to fly to […]

NASA Seeks Game Changing Technology Payloads For Suborbital Research Flights

The Virgin Galactic suborbital spaceliner SpaceShipTwo makes its first crewed flight on July 15, 2010 over the Mojave Desert in California, one of a series of test flights before the first flight of the passenger ship for space tourism flights. Virgin Galactic is one of seven US companies selected by NASA to provide flight services to text technology payloads. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic

The Virgin Galactic suborbital spaceliner SpaceShipTwo makes its first crewed flight on July 15, 2010 over the Mojave Desert in California, one of a series of test flights before the first flight of the passenger ship for space tourism flights. Virgin Galactic is one of seven US companies selected by NASA to provide […]

Virgin Galactic Taps USAF Veteran to be Pilot

Keith Colmer, a former U.S. Air Force test pilot, has been selected as a pilot for Virgin Galactic. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic

He has “The Right Stuff” – or at least Virgin Galactic thinks so. The NewSpace firm chose from a pool of hundreds of candidates, some of the greatest pilots the world […]

NASA Inks Deal to Fly Experiments on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo

NASA has entered into an agreement with Virgin Galactic to fly experiments on board the company's SpaceShipTwo suborbital space plane. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic/Mark Greenberg

NASA has, on a number of occasions tapped the NewSpace firm Virgin Galactic to help the space agency accomplish its objectives – recently, it has done so again. […]

Mike Moses Leaves NASA for Virgin Galactic

NASA;s space shuttle operations manager, Mike Moses, has left NASA to work for Virgin Galactic. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic

NASA’s space shuttle program manager Mike Moses has announced that he has decided to leave the space agency to work for NewSpace firm Virgin Galactic. Moses worked for NASA for 13 years. Moses will […]