Test flights of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are on schedule to begin again this year -- this time with its own pilots, the chief executive of Richard Branson’s space startup said Friday.
Based on the scattered, jagged remains of SpaceShipTwo and the pending funeral for one of its pilots, it would be easy to assume that a design flaw of some sort was responsible for the deadly crash -- but appearances can be deceiving.
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences said on Wednesday (Nov. 5) that the investigation into the explosion of its Antares rocket last week is eyeing the booster's first-stage engines, which were originally built in the 1960s by the Soviet Union at the height of the space race.
It wasn’t SpaceShipTwo’s hybrid rocket motor -- which was flying on Friday with a new type of fuel -- that caused the fatal crash, the head of the accident investigation agency said late Sunday.
On Friday morning, the spaceflight community was stunned to hear that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo had suffered an in-flight anomaly during a rocket-powered test flight over the Mojave Desert in California. Continue reading →
A private rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station has exploded seconds after launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station is ready to launch from the Eastern Shore of Virginia tonight (Oct. 27), and you can watch it live. If you live on the U.S. East Coast, you might even catch a glimpse of the rocket with your own eyes.
SpaceX will attempt to land its next Falcon 9 rocket on a platform in the ocean, a key step in the company’s quest to develop reusable boosters. Continue reading →
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