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Virgin Galactic's spaceplane hits new heights in second powered flight

Virgin Galactic has shown the first firing of its spaceplane's chemical rocket engine was no fluke, following last month's effort with another successful outing in California. The latest test flight t... read more

With a successful second powered flight, Virgin Galactic could take paying customers to space in a year

The spaceplane reached a speed of Mach 1.9 and hit an altitude of 114,500 feet, higher than the altitude it reached during a previous test flight in April. That April flight was the first powered ... ... read more

Watch Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic test its tourist spaceplane

But mindful of the disaster that hit ... its then-new spaceplane, VSS Unity. In April it took a significant step forward with its first jet-powered test of Unity, with the successful outing leading to ... read more

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Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic's next space plane is coming in February

One year ago Saturday, Virgin Galactic's first space plane ... the second SpaceShipTwo, which should be ready to start testing by February 2016, according Branson. “We’ll be unveiling the new spaceshi... read more

Virgin Galactic wants to launch space tourism flights from Italian spaceport

Virgin Galactic recently completed the second successful rocket-powered test flight of its latest ... test its tourist spaceplane Virgin Galactic ‘neck and neck’ with Blue Origin in space tourism race ... read more

Human Error in Test Flight Disasters

Human error played the main role in the midair spaceplane disaster that killed a Virgin Galactic ... phase of the flight. But as the history of aerospace disasters shows, the test flights of new aircr... read more

A failed company and an uncertain market

Virgin Galactic is still around, despite a 2014 fatal accident that destroyed its first SpaceShipTwo, and says that powered test flights of the second such vehicle should begin in the near future—perh... read more

How Humanity Will Conquer Space Without Rockets

By 2016, it's hoped that Virgin Galactic's proposed LauncherOne ... programs in this area is the British Skylon spaceplane (pictured above), a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle. Once built, it will ... read more

News from the 32nd Space Symposium

Rocket Lab said it had completed qualification testing of the second stage, powered by the company’s Rutherford engine, clearing it for flight. The company will ... SpaceX and Virgin Galactic A 3:45 p ... read more

Relaunching a spaceship

“But our new ... s Virgin Galactic unveiled the second SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane. That rollout was, in many respects, a symbolic event to demonstrate the company’s recovery from the loss of t... read more

Where space exploration is taking us in 2016

An unmanned version of the space plane is scheduled to lift off from the Cape ... For the more leisure minded, Virgin Galactic is slated to roll out the second of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital passenger ... read more

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