Virgin Galactic spaceship makes first glide flight

Dec 4, 2016

Virgin Galactic spaceship makes first glide flight

Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship has made a successful first glide flight, a key step after a deadly crash of its predecessor two years ago, the spaceflight company said on Saturday. The new SpaceShipTwo, dubbed VSS Unity, was hoisted aloft by carrier airplane WhiteKnightTwo VMS ...

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 ...