NTSB Determines Probable Cause of Fatal SpaceShipTwo Crash, Unknown if Delays Contributed to Accident

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 […]

Virgin Galactic’s Fatal SpaceShipTwo Accident Investigation Begins Revealing Answers

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 […]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Roars Through Second Supersonic Flight

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, […]

Former Astronaut Joins Virgin Galactic's Flight Team

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 […]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Ignites Engine, Thunders Through Sound Barrier

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.

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SpaceShipTwo Conducts Glide Test

Photo Courtesy of Bill Deaver

SpaceShipTwo conducted a successful glide test yesterday at the Mojave Air and Space port in Mojave, Calif. Lifted into the air a little after 7 a.m. local time, SpaceShipTwo was carried into the sky, released, and landed around 8:40 a.m. PDT, according to a report on the website […]

Report: Lack of Adequate Precautions Caused Accident That Killed Three During SpaceShipTwo Test

Photo Credit: The Spaceship Company

In July 2007, a test of a hybrid nitrous oxide-fueled rocket engine that Scaled Composites planned to use on its SpaceShipTwo space plane failed. The resulting explosion killed three and injured three more. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Cal/OSHA, has released its investigation report which […]

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 […]

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. […]