Editorials Nov 6, 2014

Space, the final frontier

Given the many, irreducible uncertainties of space flight tourism in the future — brought home last week by the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo vehicle — the guiding principle for customers is likely to be "informed consent."

Rocket plane's tail activated prematurely in fatal crash

World 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 Safety ...