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NTSB: SpaceShipTwo Crash Analysis Could Take Year

Investigators are certain that the Virgin Galactic spacecraft that suffered a problem during a test flight and crashed Friday broke up in mid-air, but a complete analysis could take 12 months, the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday night.<p>There are many things that investigators …

NTSB takes lead in Virgin Galactic investigation

The<p>National Transportation Safety Board's top official said late Saturday that he believes a Virgin Galactic space craft that crashed Friday, killing a test pilot, broke apart in midair.<p>Christopher Hart, acting NTSB chairman, said the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo was spread over five miles in the …

Space Travel

Spacecraft owner Branson vows to learn cause of deadly crash

MOJAVE, Kern County — Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson vowed Saturday to find out what caused the crash of his prototype space tourism craft that killed one of two test pilots, adding that while he remains committed to civilian space travel “we are not going to push on …

Space Travel

Virgin Galactic crash: Mojave investigation under way

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1120000/1120590_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534194131_31db79249074b7356993ea67375983c4<p><b>US officials have started to investigate why a Virgin Galactic space rocket crashed over California's Mojave Desert on a test flight.</b><p>Virgin chief Sir …

Space Travel

Branson's ambitious space-travel project plagued by problems and delays

It launched amid much fanfare, but Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial space-travel programme has been plagued with problems and delays. After a string of failures, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield last year said that the difficulties of aerospace engineering meant it was inevitable that …

One pilot dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashed after an explosion during a test flight over the Mojave desert on Friday, killing one of the pilots, seriously injuring another and leaving debris scattered over a wide area.<p>The plane, SpaceShipTwo, was undertaking a test flight as part of Sir Richard Branson’s …

Space Experts Respond to Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash

The explosion of Virgin Galactic‘s passenger rocket ship is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait …

Virgin Galactic fatal crash sends tremors through commercial space industry

Aviation pioneer Richard Branson's dream for space tourism was dealt a serious blow Friday as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo plummeted into a desolate stretch of the Mojave Desert during a test flight. One pilot was killed, and his co-pilot seriously injured.<p>It was the second catastrophe in three …

Virgin Galactic crash: Richard Branson says 'we will not just push on blindly'

Sir Richard Branson gives a moving tribute at the crash site in Mojave, California, as the Virgin Galactic pilot who died when a test flight exploded on Friday is identified<p>Richard Branson has offered an emotional tribute to the pilot killed when his Virgin Galactic spaceship exploded during a test …

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes: 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane broke up and crashed during a test flight on Friday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another, authorities said.<p>The catastrophic breakup came after the plane dropped away from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane and fired up its hybrid …

Will Virgin Galactic's Crash End Space Tourism?

The fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert may lead to more scrutiny of the fledgling space passenger industry.<p>The crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo experimental space plane on Friday, which killed one test pilot and severely injured another, may have wrecked the future of space …