commercial spaceflight

Stunning Footage from SpaceShipTwo’s Third Rocket-Powered Flight

by Nancy Atkinson January 14, 2014

Virgin Galactic released video from SpaceShipTwo’s flight test last Friday, January 10, 2014. This was the third supersonic, rocket-powered test of the Virgin Galactic system after dozens of successful subsonic test flights. The pilots Dave Mackay and Mark Stucky tested the spaceship’s Reaction Control System, the newly installed thermal protection coating on the vehicle’s tail […]

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NBC To Broadcast Virgin Galactic’s First Commercial Spaceflight

by Elizabeth Howell November 8, 2013

In true Richard Branson flair, the founder of Virgin Galactic has a multimedia plan in place for when he and his adult children, Holly and Sam, take the first planned tourist spaceflight next year. Virgin Galactic and NBCUniversal signed a “multi-platform partnership” for the network’s affiliates to transmit the flight all over the place. Elizabeth […]

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Ride Along With SpaceShipTwo: Tail Footage Video of Latest Test Flight

by Nancy Atkinson September 6, 2013

Yesterday, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo successfully completed its second supersonic rocket-powered test flight. In our previous article, we were able to share a video view of the flight — as seen from the ground. But now Virgin Galactic has shared the flight footage from a camera mounted on the tail of the ship, allowing us all […]

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Spacesuited Astronauts Climb Aboard Boeing CST-100 Commercial Crew Capsule for Key Tests

by Ken Kremer July 25, 2013

A pair of NASA astronauts donned their spacesuits for key fit check evaluations inside a test version of the Boeing Company’s CST-100 commercial ‘space taxi’ which was unveiled this week for the world’s first glimpse of the cabin’s interior. Boeing is among a trio of American aerospace firms, including SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corp, seeking […]

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Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser Gets Wings and Tail, Starts Ground Testing

by Ken Kremer July 13, 2013

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s winged Dream Chaser engineering test article is moving forward with a series of ground tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California that will soon lead to dramatic aerial flight tests throughout 2013. Pathfinding tow tests on Dryden’s concrete runway aim to validate the performance of the vehicles’ nose skid, brakes, […]

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