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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused By Lack of Oversight 

An official investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo over California last October finds that a co-pilot unlocked the ship’s braking system too early. The incident, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board’s report, could have been prevented with better safety procedures. »7/28/15 12:45pm7/28/15 12:45pm

New Test Suggests NASA's "Impossible" EM Drive Will Work In Space

Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum. »4/30/15 12:14pm4/30/15 12:14pm

Boeing and SpaceX Will Share NASA's $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Program

NASA just announced a critical component of Launch America, the country's highly anticipated next chapter in human spaceflight. The organization confirmed in a press conference today that Boeing and SpaceX will split the $6.8 billion "space taxi" contract, with $4.2 billion going to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX. »9/16/14 4:23pm9/16/14 4:23pm

Virgin Galactic Will Help Monitor Climate As Well As Fly You to Space

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo »9/30/08 4:23am9/30/08 4:23am and SpaceShipTwo aircraft will be doing the world a favor when they start flying paying passengers into space: they'll be carrying sensors aboard to monitor greenhouse gases at a little-monitored altitude. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just signed a deal with…

Update: SpaceX Falcon 1 Rocket Blew Up, Fourth Time's the Charm?

Bad news for private space flight aficionados-SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket lifted off live via webcast last night, and then proceded to blow up spectacularly in the sky over the Pacific Ocean. If you were following along on the official SpaceX website, you probably saw this: "20:38 PDT — We have heard from launch control… »8/03/08 9:01am8/03/08 9:01am

It's In the Can: Masten Space Systems Offers to Launch Your Stuff Into Space

Do you want to launch something into space? Anything? You'll be able to do that for $99 with a CanSat module from Masten Space Systems. The company is now selling $99 payload slots, where you put whatever you want into one of the CanSat modules, as long as it doesn't weigh more than 350 grams. If you have some bigger… »4/13/06 9:47am4/13/06 9:47am