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

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

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo » 9/30/08 4:23am 9/30/08 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…

Interview: Virgin Galactic Pilot...Space Pilot

Rich Dancaster has flown commercial jets for a long time. He's got 16,000 flight hours under his belt, which is more than some of us have in cars. When Virgin America and Galactic announced a plan to work together, he figured it was sheer marketing. Then he got the call that he'd be going through an intense training… » 7/28/08 1:14pm 7/28/08 1:14pm