SpaceShipTwo's Surviving Pilot Ejected Into -70 Degree Air at 50,000…

Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong with the tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. While the National Transportation Safety Board has been looking into an issue with the braking system, the agency has released details from surviving pilot Peter Siebold about how he managed to… » 11/12/14 1:12pm 11/12/14 1:12pm

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Deployed Its Braking System Prematurely

Following the tragic accident on Friday which saw Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo fail catastrophically, engineers are now scrabbling to understand the cause. In a new briefing, the National Transportation Safety Board has explained that the craft deployed its braking system prematurely. » 11/03/14 6:14am 11/03/14 6:14am

Why Space Travel Matters More Than Ever

Yesterday, somewhere in the Mojave desert, investigators began the long process of understanding the events that led to the tragic accident that killed one pilot and left another injured. And even after they finish, plenty of questions about the future of the commercial space industry will remain. But the one we'll… » 11/01/14 10:26am 11/01/14 10:26am

Spectacular photos of SpaceShipTwo breaking the sound barrier

SpaceShipTwo just finished its third rocket-powered test and reached the highest altitude its ever been at 71,000 feet by hitting a maximum velocity of Mach 1.4. You can see the new reflective coating on the rocket plane's tail booms which perfectly reflects the flame and our Earth. Lovely. Cant wait to book my ticket! » 1/10/14 10:45pm 1/10/14 10:45pm

This Lucky Devil Is Virgin Galactic's First Captain

This is Dave MacKay, a 53-year-old pilot from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He has been selected to be the first captain of Virgin Galactic's fleet of suborbital spaceships. He will fly the SpaceShipTwo when it launches in 2013. » 8/10/11 9:26am 8/10/11 9:26am

SpaceShipTwo First Manned Flight Attached to WhiteKnightTwo

The day for the first solo flight of SpaceShipTwo—the first commercial suborbital tourism aircraft—is getting closer. Here, its crew is testing it for the first time. It's still docked to its mothership—WhiteKnightTwo—but it's a beautiful picture. [Autopia] » 7/19/10 10:20am 7/19/10 10:20am

Perhaps You'll Visit Space In Your Lifetime, After All

Space Adventures is going to use an Armadillo Technologies rocket to launch amateur astronauts 62 miles into the sky. Nothing new, except that they will do it for half the price of Virgin Galactic's ticket, and in a real rocket! » 5/12/10 4:40pm 5/12/10 4:40pm

Admire Virgin Galactic's Enterprise Airborne for the First Time

Today, the VSS Enterprise has touched the blue sky for the first time. The first craft of the SpaceShipTwo class had its first captive flight from the Mojave Spaceport, carried by the White Knight II. It was a beautiful thing: » 3/22/10 5:40pm 3/22/10 5:40pm

Spandau Ballet To Be First Intergalactic Band Aboard Branson's…

Last week I invoked the wrath of trance fans everywhere by suggesting Above & Beyond, rumored to be the first musical act in space, should be kept up there. Turns out Richard Branson chose Spandau Ballet instead. » 12/14/09 1:11pm 12/14/09 1:11pm

What Could Be More Suitable for a Space Ride Than Trance Music? Answer:…

Here's an idea—why don't we round up every trance act and send them all into space? So we never have to hear that incessant doof doof noise any more. Let's hope Richard Branson agrees. » 12/08/09 5:30am 12/08/09 5:30am

First Images of SpaceShipTwo, First Commercial Passenger Spacecraft in…

The official unveiling is tonight, but we have the first images of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo now, attached to its mothership, Eve. SpaceShipTwo is the first commercial passenger spacecraft in history, and it is oh-so-beautiful. » 12/07/09 1:36pm 12/07/09 1:36pm

First Spaceport Ever Begins Construction this Friday

This newly-released image shows the sun rising over Spaceport America. It hasn't been built yet, but construction starts this Friday. It will be the beginning of the real future, the stuff dreams are made of.* » 6/17/09 5:30pm 6/17/09 5:30pm

Virgin Galactic Rocket Blasts Off for the First Time

The hybrid Nitrous Oxide rocket that will take SpaceShipTwo to 65 miles above the Earth at 2500mph (YES!) has fired off for the first time in the southern California desert. Founder, adventurer and cool-guy-at-large Sir Richard Branson is happy: » 5/28/09 7:00pm 5/28/09 7:00pm

Virgin Galactic's Boss Says Space Travel Will Never Be Cheap

Warning, middle-class Earthmen. By the end of this post, your dreams of low-cost space travel will be delayed. Above: WhiteKnightTwo Eve's Maiden Flight. Photo Credit Schereer Scherer. » 5/05/09 1:00pm 5/05/09 1:00pm

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo Flies For the First Time

We saw ground tests last week, but yesterday morning WhiteKnightTwo-the funky-looking double-wide plane that will take SpaceShipTwo and its cargo of millionaires on suborbital spaceflights-finally took off on its maiden voyage. » 12/22/08 9:00am 12/22/08 9:00am

Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America Gets FAA Green Light

It becomes less and less a future fever dream every day: Spaceport America in Las Cruces, NM, Virgin Galactic's future home, has gotten FAA approval to begin construction. » 12/18/08 2:00pm 12/18/08 2:00pm

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo Performing Runway Tests

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, the ship that will deliver SpaceShipTwo into orbit, just started performing runway tests. We're one step closer to personal space travel, folks. » 12/15/08 12:00pm 12/15/08 12:00pm