WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilot of a Virgin Galactic spaceship that disintegrated midflight recalls trying in vain to activate
Burt Rutan, the legendary aerospace engineer and designer of the Ansari XPRIZE-winning SpaceShipOne, explains how the achievement a couple of bicycle shop owners (Orville and Wilbur Wright) inspired the most significant individuals in the first century of aerospace.
When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated in flight on October 31 , that vehicle, named VSS Enterprise, and one of its pilots, Michael Alsbury, joined a long list of experimental aircraft and test pilots that made their final flight in the blue skies over California's High Desert.
In the end, it is Branson, propelled by an overarching sense of boyhood adventure, or desperate folly, and rocketing to establish himself in the pantheon of brave travel pioneers, who has become entangled in a Gordian knot of his own vainglorious making and from which he does not know how to untie himself.
"We are continuing to build the second SpaceShipTwo (serial number two), which is currently about 65 percent complete and
A significant part of their business model extends beyond tourism and into science. Realizing that they will be able to create an environment where weightlessness can be relatively frequently sustained for 4 to 6 minutes, Virgin Galactic has worked hard to create, advertise, promote, and implement true scientific research opportunities on SpaceShipTwo.
Perhaps we feel like we've already gone through the most difficult part of the learning curve when it comes to rocketry, and that now it's just a matter of perfecting a few minor technical issues. Judging by last week's twin failures, I'm not so sure that's true.
Virgin Galactic remains on pace to launch its first customers to suborbital space sometime this year, company officials say
Want to blast into space with a movie star? "I want to be a bit daring," Klyukin told Reuters. Later in the auction, two
Enter LauncherOne, a two-stage rocket. Like the six-passenger SpaceShipTwo that will to carry people on suborbital missions
Angelo Araujo, a Portuguese diplomat who attended the Farnborough announcement, told CNN that he plans on reading poetry
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"We're opening up the space frontier to all, not just those lucky few public astronauts who are sponsored by the government or those that happen to be rich enough to be able to spend 40 million to fly on a Russian vehicle."
via Interested astronauts and pilots have until April 30th to apply for the gig, which requires at least 3,000
WATCH: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo made its first solo glide flight on Sunday in the Mojave Desert in California, marking
SpaceShipTwo will make a series of additional glide flights before rocketing to space. Until now, SpaceShipTwo has flown
The new SpaceShipTwo has been dubbed Virgin Spaceship Enterprise and the four-engine carrier jet is called Virgin Mothership
Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have rolled out SpaceShipTwo, a new commercial spaceship that will be flown by two pilots with seats for six paying passengers.
We're clearly coming into an era where commercial competition will have a major impact on the aerospace community -- and on the financial community as well.