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  • ANALYSIS: NTSB will have no quick answers after Virgin Galactic crash

    News | 06 Nov 2014 12:52 | Stephen Trimble

    Structural failure – not a faulty rocket motor – has quickly emerged as a key focus of the investigation into the 31 October crash of the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo that killed a test pilot and launched a new crisis for Virgin Galactic and the nascent suborbital space tourism industry.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-NTSB-will-have-no-quick-answers-after-Virgin-Galactic-crash-405675/
  • Ex-SpaceShipOne test pilot critical of hybrid motor in new video

    News | 03 Nov 2014 16:03 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Count the Ansari X-Prize-winning test pilot of SpaceShipOne, Brian Binnie, among the critics of SpaceShipTwo.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Ex-SpaceShipOne-test-pilot-critical-of-hybrid-motor-in-new-video-405557/
  • SpaceShipTwo broke up after tail feathers moved

    News | 03 Nov 2014 05:16 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo telemetry data has offered a vital clue to investigators searching for the cause of the fatal 31 October crash while the wreckage appears to rule out an engine or fuel tank malfunction.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceShipTwo-broke-up-after-tail-feathers-moved-405526/
  • Branson hedges on SpaceShipTwo future

    News | 01 Nov 2014 17:53 | Stephen Trimble

    ​In his first live remarks since the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo crash on 31 October, Richard Branson linked the future of the Virgin Galactic space tourism venture to the results of the investigation.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Branson-hedges-on-SpaceShipTwo-future-405518/
  • Few clues on cause of fatal SpaceShipTwo crash

    News | 31 Oct 2014 21:55 | Stephen Trimble

    ​One Scaled Composites test pilot died and another was injured severely after a powered flight of SpaceShipTwo ended in disaster near Mojave, California, for the commercial space tourism venture led by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic on 31 October.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Few-clues-on-cause-of-fatal-SpaceShipTwo-crash-405517/
  • SpaceShipTwo crashes during powered test flight

    News | 31 Oct 2014 19:49 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Virgin Galactic confirms the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket crashed on 31 October during the first powered test flight in nearly 10 months.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceShipTwo-crashes-during-powered-test-flight-405514/
  • Unforgiving void: Spaceflight tragedies remembered

    News | 31 Oct 2014 16:17 | Dan Thisdell

    A sobering week in spaceflight saw the first in-flight fatality in a commercial space programme, as Virgin Galactic lost a test pilot with the breakup of its SpaceShipTwo over the Nevada desert, along with a spectacular but non-fatal launch failure of an uncrewed International Space Station resupply mission. After that ISS mission failure, no less an authority than NASA human spaceflight director William Gerstenmaier took pains to remind everybody that launching rockets is a “tough business” – and warned against complacency as NASA and its private contractors prepare to return to the business of launching American astronauts to orbit.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Unforgiving-void-Spaceflight-tragedies-remembered-405505/
  • VIDEO: NASA has eye on Congressional critics following ISS launch disaster

    News | 29 Oct 2014 12:57 | Dan Thisdell

    ​NASA got the sternest possible reminder of the hazards of spaceflight when an International Space Station resupply mission ended in spectacular failure last night just metres above the launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/VIDEO-NASA-has-eye-on-Congressional-critics-following-ISS-launch-disaster-405380/
  • Lufthansa Technik adds SOFIA, zero gravity to special missions roster

    News | 22 Oct 2014 00:00

    Lufthansa Technik has added weightlessness and flying telescopes to the portfolio of special missions of large commercial aircraft now inducted in its overhaul or modification hangars.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Lufthansa-Technik-adds-SOFIA-zero-gravity-to-special-missions-roster-404913/
  • LHT modifies Luftwaffe A310 as zero-gravity aircraft

    News | 21 Oct 2014 10:53 | Michael Gubisch

    Lufthansa Technik is converting a former German air force Airbus A310 into a test and research aircraft for French national space centre CNES.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/LHT-modifies-Luftwaffe-A310-as-zero-gravity-aircraft-405000/
  • 'Stay with the Station', NASA boss urges international partners

    News | 09 Oct 2014 12:14 | Dan Thisdell

    ​NASA administrator Charles Bolden today called on Europe and the UK to stand behind their financial commitments to the International Space Station and work with the USA to keep it flying through 2020 and even 2024 – because the orbiting outpost is humankind’s “springboard” to Mars.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Stay-with-the-Station-NASA-boss-urges-international-partners-404585/
  • Europe readies video eye in the sky

    News | 09 Oct 2014 11:59 | Dan Thisdell

    Europe looks to be on the cusp of taking a dramatic step forward in its ability to oversee military operations from space, as Airbus Defence & Space readies satellite technology capable of streaming real-time video from geostationary orbit.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Europe-readies-video-eye-in-the-sky-404584/
  • Sierra Nevada bids to keep Dream Chaser alive despite NASA non-selection

    News | 02 Oct 2014 12:32 | Dan Thisdell

    Sierra Nevada Corporation last week launched two bids to keep alive its Dream Chaser lifting-body spaceplane project, which suffered a blow in September when NASA cut it from its Commercial Crew programme in favour of seven-person capsules being developed by Boeing and SpaceX.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Sierra-Nevada-bids-to-keep-Dream-Chaser-alive-despite-NASA-non-selection-404379/
  • OPINION: Will US have to look for an all-American alternative to Russian rockets?

    News | 26 Sep 2014 17:19

    ​War, as the saying goes, is the domain of chance. Business is usually more friendly to calculated manoeuvres, but when actual fighting intervenes all bets are off.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/OPINION-Will-US-have-to-look-for-an-all-American-alternative-to-Russian-rockets-404202/
  • ATK joins race to develop next-generation USAF launcher

    News | 24 Sep 2014 16:24 | Dan Thisdell

    ​US propulsion specialist ATK has thrown its hat in the ring to develop the next generation of American rocket engine, to replace the Russian-supplied RD-180 motor for United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ATK-joins-race-to-develop-next-generation-USAF-launcher-404099/
  • India triumphs with Mars arrival in busy week at red planet

    News | 24 Sep 2014 16:14 | Atul Chandra

    India has joined a very exclusive club of spacefaring nations, with the successful arrival of its Mars Orbiter Mission. Named Mangalyaan – “Mars craft” in Sanskrit – India’s orbiter spent 300 days enroute and will now be readied for its scientific mission, to study the planet’s atmosphere and geology with five sensors with a combined mass of just 15kg.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/India-triumphs-with-Mars-arrival-in-busy-week-at-red-planet-404102/
  • ANALYSIS: USAF push to oust Russian rockets turning into high-stakes contest

    News | 24 Sep 2014 15:32 | Dan Thisdell

    ​A US Air Force drive to end its reliance on Russian rocket motors is turning into a high-stakes competition between rival technologies, with propulsion specialist ATK throwing its hat into the ring just a week after United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin agreed to jointly fund development of a new, all-American engine.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-USAF-push-to-oust-Russian-rockets-turning-into-high-stakes-contest-404097/
  • ANALYSIS: Virgin Galactic 'close to reaching space'

    News | 18 Sep 2014 14:59 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Virgin Galactic has formally backed away from its pledge to put its first fare-paying passengers into suborbital space by the close of 2014 – but has made a very public declaration that suborbital operations from its purpose-built spaceport in New Mexico will begin in early 2015.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Virgin-Galactic-close-to-reaching-space-403853/
  • Boeing, SpaceX win NASA contracts for ISS space taxi

    News | 17 Sep 2014 02:47 | Greg Waldron

    NASA has tapped Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Falcon9/Crew Dragon spacecraft for transporting crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2017.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Boeing-SpaceX-win-NASA-contracts-for-ISS-space-taxi-403775/
  • ANALYSIS: Galileo 'on track' despite launch trouble

    News | 01 Sep 2014 14:46 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Europe’s bid to establish its own satellite navigation system suffered a setback with the failure of a Soyuz launcher to put into their assigned orbits the fifth and sixth spacecraft in what is to be a 30-satellite constellation. But both the European Space Agency and European Commission remain confident that the programme remains on track to provide essentially full services from 24 satellites from 2017 and to have the complete, 30-satellite constellation – including six orbiting spares – flying in 2020.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Galileo-on-track-despite-launch-trouble-403019/
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