Virgin Galactic's New SpaceshipTwo Nearing Completion as Return to Flight Tests Push to 2016

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 […]

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 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, […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

Opinion: Cautious Optimism Required for Commercial Space in 2013

In the last few years, private space firms have made huge strides in providing services to suborbital and orbital destinations. While these efforts should be encouraged and applauded, it is still necessary to temper excitement with caution. Space is a dangerous business and the first company to think they can do no wrong […]