NTSB: Surviving pilot thrown free as spaceship broke apart

Nov 13, 2014

NTSB: Surviving pilot thrown free as spaceship broke apart

The surviving pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert was thrown clear of the disintegrating craft and did not know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked the re-entry braking system, federal investigators said Wednesday. In its update on the ...

Rocket plane's tail activated prematurely in fatal crash

Nov 4, 2014

Rocket plane's tail activated prematurely in fatal crash

A team investigating the fatal test-flight crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship found that its rotating tail, designed to ease re-entry into the atmosphere, was activated prematurely, and said pilot error could not be ruled out. The preliminary findings of the National Transportation ...

Feb 13, 2013

U.S. looks for microscopic flaws in 787 batteries

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it is examining whether the Boeing 787′s lithium-ion battery problems were due to formation of microscopic structures called dendrites, which can cause overheating. The battery problems caused all Dreamliners to be grounded last month. Dendrites are tiny ...