Virgin Galactic’s chief executive said Sunday that the company is planning to finish work on a second rocket plane by year's end, despite the fatal crash of the SpaceShipTwo.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Photo by (CC BY 2.0) Experts say Virgin Galactic was warned about the potential instability of a new hybrid fuel that was used in the plane that broke up over the Mojave desert on Friday, killing the co-pilot. Show More Summary
But Virgin Galactic has another spacecraft 65% ready
When America’s National Transportation Safety Board acting chair Christopher Hart said the SpaceShipTwo crash investigation could take up to a year he almost certainly killed Richard Branson’s space tourism dream. This is why. Virgin Galactic only had one six passenger two pilot rocket rider craft intended for $275,000 joy flights to the edge of space, [...]
Virgin Galactic could have a new spacecraft ready to fly by next year, the chief executive of Richard Branson's space tourism company said in an interview published on Sunday, reacting to concerns about the safety of technology used in the Virgin craft that crashed last week.
After Friday's tragic mid-air explosion and crash of Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two, rocket industry experts have come forward, saying the company was warned of dangers in using nitrous oxide fuel in its rockets. One expert even said she was "shocked, but not surprised" that the crash occurred. Read more...
Virgin Galactic pilot Todd Ericson talks with NTSB investigator Joe Sedor at the #SpaceShipTwo accident site. pic.twitter.com/mhaAjG3X1K — NTSB (@NTSB) November 2, 2014 The Virgin Galactic test flight that crashed in California’s Mojave...Show More Summary
Entrepreneur Richard Branson is fighting off angry allegations of mismanagement after Friday's crash of a Virgin Galactic rocket in California's Mojave Desert, with critics saying that safety problems have long been an issue. The Daily...Show More Summary
Billionaire Richard Branson is promising to find out what caused the crash of his Virgin Galactic prototype space tourism rocket that killed a test pilot, but federal investigators are cautioning that it may take up to a year to learn exactly what went wrong.
Mike Alsbury, 39, died when Virgin Galactic's prototype reusable space plane apparently broke apart in mid-air over the Mojave Desert during a test flight on Friday.
Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, said on Saturday that he is determined to find out what caused SpaceshipTwo, his prototype space tourism rocket, to crash on a test flight on Friday, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Show More Summary
An explosion may not have destroyed Virgin Galactic's space plane, according to photographic evidence.
DID VIRGIN GALACTIC IGNORE WARNINGS? Sir Richard Branson's space tourism company has been accused of ignoring a series of warnings that its $500m rocket was unsafe for flight. The Sunday Telegraph says senior aerospace engineers repeatedly voiced fears over the design of the Virgin Galactic craft. Show More Summary
Lady Gaga and Virgin Galactic are trending on social media because it means that the singer will cancel her wedding plans associated with a concert in outer space that she was due to perform in early 2015. Lately, Lady Gaga has been in the dumps, and there are reports that she has been depressed. Show More Summary
Debris from the SpaceShipTwo accident Friday in Mojave that killed one pilot and injured another stretches across five miles, complicating the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into the crash, NTSB Acting ChairmanShow More Summary
"He was a very down-to-earth family man. He was very humble. He never bragged, never boasted," neighbor says of Michael Alsbury
If the central allegations about the conduct of Virgin Galactic in this UK Sunday Telegraph report are correct, it will not be just Richard Branson’s legacy that will suffer, but the complex and arguably inadequate state of safety regulation of commercial space ventures by US authorities. However, caution should be exercised in leaping to either [...]
Richard Branson vows to find out what caused the crash of his space tourism rocket.
Richard Branson vowed to find out what caused the crash of his space tourism rocket.