Despite what you may have heard, Virgin Galactic isn’t entirely about getting into the space tourism game. A lot of the real money lies in unmanned satellite launches, and the company’s commercial LauncherOne system relies on this beautifully powerful rocket, which just underwent tests in the Mojave desert. Read more...
Virgin Galactic ticket-holders converged on the 111-year-old Explorers Club in New York this past week for an update on progress since the test crash of SpaceShipTwo last fall. VG customer relations president Stephen Attenborough assured the audience, which included future astronauts from Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland and the U.S., that a [...]
Driven by strong commercial demand for a launch service that can reliably, affordably, and responsively launch small satellites, Virgin Galactic has nearly doubled the amount of payload that customers can deliver to orbit for the same price. Read the rest of the story at: Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne Increases Payload Performance
The company says it will be able to carry larger payloads to space at a time when it says "small satellites are big business."
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which wants to ferry tourists into space, is beefing up its rocket so that it can carry bigger payloads to space and help the company compete for another line of work: launching small satellites. Enhancements to its LauncherOne rocket will allow the company to fly much larger payloads, including as much […]
Close to a year ago, Virgin Galactic suffered major setback when it’s SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test. It now looks like a tentative date has been set for when passengers can be taken to space. According to an article from Forbes.com,...Show More Summary
Watch out, Virgin Galactic. There's a new space tourism company in town. A company called World View is planning to float passengers up to the edge of space — about 20 miles into the sky — via balloon by the end of 2016. This 5-hourShow More Summary
SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and other private endeavours are paving the way for a future Mars landing.
Google’s annual Science Fair aims to find bright young minds who can change the world and today the company has announced the finalists for 2015. Backed by LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic,...Show More Summary
The Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental permit to Scaled Composites to begin flight tests of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in 2012 despite serious deficiencies in the company’s application relating to safety analysis...Show More Summary
Will SpaceX and Virgin Galactic push the boundaries of space exploration? Two aerospace experts weigh in. Getting human beings off the planet is the hardest design challenge mankind has ever undertaken. Yet it's also a solved problem: we've been sending people into space since 1961. Read Full Story
NTSB: Mistimed Maneuver Doomed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. “A mistimed feathering maneuver resulted in the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo last October, an accident which killed one, critically injured another, and set back the company’s space tourism ambitions. Feathering is the maneuver in which part of the wings change position to increase drag and slow […]
The crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket during a test flight last year has been determined to be caused by human error, and a free fall from 50,000 feet after the craft disintegrated around the pilot is possibly what saved his life, according to new information from the investigating National Transportation Safety Board. Show More Summary
He knew SpaceShipTwo had disintegrated but blacked out, remembered his parachute opening and the feeling of waking up midair
The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the conclusions of its accident investigation into the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last year over the Mojave Desert. According to the report, the accident...Show More Summary
Virgin Galactic’s rocket rides have been about to happen for close to seven years, and the report of the US investigation into the destruction of the first of a fleet of five spacecraft intended to carry six passengers and two pilots to the edge of space tells us that there was a lethal design error [...]
Federal investigators said the manufacturer failed to consider that a pilot might prematurely unlock a mechanism for the space plane’s descent.
Federal safety officials say the builder of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is at fault for not anticipating the copilot error that caused the spaceship's disintegration during a test flight nine months ago. Read the rest
This is a fun little story. It recaps Peter Siebold's testimony about the destruction of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and his fall to earth. Here's a taste: Then there was a single bang, he said in the interview. The cabin rapidly...
Investigators complete their probe into the role of the pilots and other factors in deadly 2014 crash of SpaceShipTwo