November 2013

SpaceShipTwo Slated for Next Test Flight

November 4th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot suborbital spacecraft, is expected to make its third powered test flight within a month, said the company’s chief executive George Whitesides. So far, about 650 customers have put down deposits or paid in full for rides aboard SpaceShipTwo, which now cost $250,000. SpaceShipTwo’s last [...]

October 2013

Spaceport America budget estimating no launches til August 2014

October 30th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

LAS CRUCES — Spaceport America released a fiscal 2015 budget this week that pushes back its estimates for when Virgin Galactic may begin its flights and when the visitor’s center will open. The budget assumes Virgin Galactic will start flying by August 2014, about six months later than previously expected. [...]

September 2013

Industry, FAA Look To Stay One Step Ahead of Congress with Draft Safety Document

September 27th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , |

WASHINGTON — In an attempt to forestall congressional direction of the process, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation has produced a 50-page list of safety practices that could serve as the cornerstone for future commercial human spaceflight safety regulations. Formally known as “Draft Established Practices [...]