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FAA grants Virgin Galactic an operator licence for its SpaceShipTwo rocketplane

After a full safety analysis of the vehicle, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) has awarded Virgin Galactic an operator license for its suborbital SpaceShipTwo rocketplane. The award will eventually permit commercial operations of the …

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NTSB finds that pilot error was to blame for SpaceShipTwo failure but so was poor design and training

The premature in-flight deployment of the feathered tail plane speed braking system was the primary cause of the destruction of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo (VSS Enterprise) on 31 October 2015, the formal investigation into the accident has concluded. The US …

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo breaks apart in test flight – pilot ejects but co-pilot is killed (Updated)

In a tragic accident, would-be suborbital space tourism operator, Virgin Galactic, has suffered a total failure of its SpaceShipTwo passenger carrying vehicle during a test flight. The air-dropped spaceplane broke apart shortly after ignition of its hybrid rocket engine. The …

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FARNBOROUGH: LauncherOne detail scarce but Sir Richard Branson’s space family steals show anyway


Farnborough 2012 was characterised by shower clouds, air displays (the A380 is flying) and Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.  Courtesy: Flightglobal/David Todd

Despite displays by and order annoucements for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, the Farnborough International Air Show was stolen yesterday.  The perpetrator

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SpaceShipTwo could be single stage to suborbit says ESA firm

credit: Virgin Galactic / caption: could SpaceShipTwo use a liquid propulsion system?

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo could be a single stage to suborbit vehicle using liquid chemical propulsion according to independent research carried out by a company that has been contracted …

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Mexico begins $80 million space agency center preparations

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Mexico has begun preparations to construct its own 30-hectare space center on the Yucatan peninsula for the country’s space agency that was created in 2008

Russia has said it is ready to help Mexico with its space ambitions. In …

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Official Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo captive carry flight video

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VIDEO: WhiteKnight Two-SpaceShipTwo take-off and landing

Congrats to the “Gupmyster” on his video of the WhiteKnight Two-SpaceShipTwo first captive carry flight take-off and landing. You could have earned yourself some cash if you’d sold it to us Gupmyster!…

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: WhiteKnight Two-SpaceShipTwo pass over Mojave

Watch this 22s video of Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo (SS2) captive carry flight on 22 March 2010 as the WhiteKnight Twi, SS2 vehicles pass over Mojave…

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credit: Flightglobal.com / caption: Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo, captive carry flight on 22 March 2010

Hyperbola will add more as details become available but it seems that at about 07:15h Pacific Daylight Time (14:15h GMT) today Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnight Two VMS …

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo to make first flight today?

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) Enterprise could make its first flight today, this morning California time, attached to its carrier aircraft WhiteKnight Two, aka Virgin MotherShip (VMS) Eve, if rumours reaching Hyperbola are true – multiple sources have contacted …

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VIDEO: SpaceShipTwo emerges from hangar

Go here for some great video of the SpaceShipTwo roll our cum unveil event taken by my Washington DC office colleague John Croft. He has a whole raft of videos with speeches made by governors Scharzenegger, Richardson and Sir Richard …

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VIDEO: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo unveil

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PICTURES: SpaceShipTwo unveil ceremony

In this blog post will be a series of images from the unveiling ceremony and party for SpaceShipTwo on 7 December 2009 at Mojave air and spaceport

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VIDEO: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo “Enterprise”

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All the pictures: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo “Enterprise”

all images credited to Virgin Galactic – click on any to see a larger version in the same browser window

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PICTURES: Virgin Galactic releases SpaceShipTwo images

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo vehicle attached to its carrier aircraft WhiteKnight Two in its hangar at Mojave. Go here for more images

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PICTURE: Virgin Galactic light show?

Go here to see a photo dated 6 December that very probably shows a practice run for the light show that is expected to accompany Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo unveil planned for tonight – as revealed by Hyperbola back in October. More evidence …

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Also Sprach SpaceShipTwo?

Inflatable domes, laser lights, a sunset and documentary film makers could all be features of Virgin Galactic’s Monday 7 December roll-out of its SpaceShipTwo at Scaled Composites’ Mojave air and spaceport hangars in California – above SS2 is filmed by …

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Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flight slips to 2011?


credit Virgin Galactic / caption: no show for SpaceShip Two till 2011?

Virgin Galactic will likely start commercial flights in the US in 2011, not 2010 as it has stated, according to Spaceport Sweden official Johanna Bergstrom-Roos. Reported by AFP in …

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