Virgin Galactic's CEO George Whitesides describes how the company moves forward after the tragic test-flight crash that claimed the life of pilot Michael Alsbury.
SpaceShipTwo's engineers were staggered by the loss of the rocket plane and one of its pilots, but they're working hard on their next spaceship.
Friends and co-workers paid tribute to test pilot Michael Alsbury, who lost his life when the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane broke up on Oct. 31.
Pilot Pete Siebold’s “description of the vehicle motion was consistent with other data sources in the investigation,” the NTSB said in an update.
The loss of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane has led some would-be space fliers to take a hard look at their decision to buy a ticket.
Peter Siebold's experience of falling from an extreme altitude and living to tell about it isn’t unique. Just ask Bill Weaver.
Executives in the fledgling commercial U.S. space industry are bracing for increased scrutiny and oversight after two accidents last week.
Even as the investigation of SpaceShipTwo's fatal breakup continues, SpaceShipTwo 2.0 is under construction in a Mojave hangar.
Private pilots and skydivers usually have to take out added life insurance, while would-be space tourists usually don't. But that may soon change.
SpaceShipTwo and its crew might have survived if the plane's wing-feathering system had deployed just a few seconds later, a Princeton professor says.
Does test pilot Michael Alsbury, who died in the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, count as a "fallen astronaut"?
The head of the NTSB says lightweight debris from the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane has been found as far away as 35 miles from the main crash site.
A wing-feathering system that was seen as an innovation in flight safety a decade ago has become a key issue in the probe into SpaceShipTwo's crash.
Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, defended his commercial space program days after a deadly crash during a test flight.
Sources tell Reuters that the lead underwriter was AIG.
The "feathering" mechanism is supposed to start moving only after a two-step process — the second of which never occurred, the head of the NTSB said.
The NTSB hopes to uncover why the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashed.
Virgin Galactic could have a new spacecraft ready to fly by next year, the chief executive of the space tourism company said in an interview Sunday.
On the first day of investigation into Friday’s Virgin Galactic spaceship explosion, analysts found that the spaceship fell apart while in flight.
A large debris field leads the NTSB to believe the rocket plane broke up in mid-air, but a full analysis of the crash is expected to take 12 months.
Peter Siebold, 43, was hurt and another pilot was killed in the accident during a test flight of the Virgin Galactic craft Friday.
The Galactic accident will be the first time the NTSB has investigated the crash of a manned spaceship.
Branson said during a briefing Saturday the Virgin Galactic program would "not push on blindly."
The latest on the loss of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipOne rocket plane, the tragic aftermath and what it all means for commercial spaceflight.
Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, sent out a message on Twitter on Friday after his company's SpaceShipTwo rocket exploded.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashed during a powered test flight on Friday, resulting in one fatality and one injury, authorities said.
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson sampled the high-G and low-G of spaceflight during an aerobatic plane ride — and others may do the same.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane soared into the air and glided back down to California's Mojave Air and Space Port during a test flight.
Pioneers of the commercial space age celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SpaceShipOne rocket plane's final flight to the final frontier.
Ten years ago, the prize-winning flight of a rocket plane called SpaceShipOne promised a New Space Age — but the promise has not yet come to fruition.
Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo airplane, the mothership for the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, is doing practice runs at New Mexico's Spaceport America.
The Virgin Group's billionaire founder joins TODAY to talk about his new book and how his plan to go into outer space is moving along.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane was set loose on Thursday for a gliding test flight — and a checkout of its propulsion system's plumbing.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane glides through the air for the first time in six months, signaling a new chapter in its test program
The mothership for the historic SpaceShipOne rocket plane, known as the White Knight, has become part of a museum exhibit in Washington state.
Virgin Galactic says it's partnering with New Mexico's Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces to accommodate "Future Astronauts" waiting to fly on SpaceShipTwo.
SpaceShipTwo's mothership, the twin-fuselage WhiteKnightTwo airplane, returned to flight this week after a months-long timeout for inspections.
Neither Google nor Virgin Galactic are commenting on a report that the two companies are talking about a deal relating to satellite-launch technology.
NASA has lined up 12 research payloads to fly on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, including an experiment in space-based 3-D printing.
To prepare for Virgin Galactic's flights to the edge of space, customers are training themselves in a G-Force simulator.
For SpaceShipTwo's future passengers, going on a zero-G airplane flight is a way to get their "space legs" before they fly to the final frontier.
What does it feel like to blast off into outer space? It's not just one feeling, as future space tourists find out during simulated rocket rides.
Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America have signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration for SpaceShipTwo's access to airspace.
Virgin Galactic says it's switching from a rubber-based solid fuel to a plastic-based fuel for SpaceShipTwo's rocket motor.
Spaceport America in New Mexico is ready for Virgin Galactic to move in to the "Gateway to Space" building and begin commercial tourism operations.
After years of construction work, Spaceport America is close to hosting its first space tourists — and the locals say it's about time.
Virgin Galactic says it's aiming to send passengers 62 miles up, but they'll be counted as space travelers if they get beyond 50 miles.
Virgin Galactic tests its WhiteKnightTwo mothership in preparation for a flight plan that could eventually send founder Richard Branson into space.
Virgin Galactic's customers will be riding Land Rover vehicles over rugged roads en route to their rendezvous with outer space.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, bitcoin investors and villains of "The Social Network," are going to space — and paying their fare in bitcoins.
It's virtually certain that test pilots will be earning their astronaut wings in Mojave before NASA's astronauts are launched again from Florida.
The California desert town of Mojave has been called the Silicon Valley of private spaceflight, but the area is facing deep challenges as well.
Our clickable graphic demonstrates how Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane takes passengers to the edge of outer space.
Virgin Galactic confirms that it's turning away would-be spacefliers from China due to export control regulations that apply to SpaceShipTwo.
California lawmakers are considering whether to exempt space companies from paying property tax on space-flight property.
Virgin Galactic's Newton rocket engine development program may pave the way for supersonic flights between New York and London.
A former NASA astronaut takes his first gliding ride on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, one week after the rocket plane's highest-ever test.
What's it like to fly SpaceShipTwo? Virgin Galactic's chief pilot describes the experience after his first turn at the controls.
Feast your eyes on in-flight views captured by cameras on the exterior of the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane and its WhiteKnightTwo mothership.
Watch as the Virgin's SpaceShip Two sets a new record of 71,000 feet, besting its previous record of 69,000 feet in altitude.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane flies through the sky on its first test flight of 2014.
Virgin Galactic's rocket plane rose up from the Mojave for its first test flight of 2014, a step toward putting paying passengers in space.
In a 2013 highlight video reel, Virgin Galactic shows off a 56-second test firing of the rocket motor that could someday send passengers into space.