Month: November 2014
Engineers recommend changes to Orion heat shield
Lessons learned during preparations leading up to the first orbital test flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft in December have prompted engineers to recommend changing the design of the crew capsule’s heat shield for future missions to the moon, Mars, or an asteroid, according to Lockheed Martin officials.
Soil moisture mapper fueled for January launch
Engine turbopump eyed in Antares launch failure
NTSB provides timeline of SpaceShipTwo mishap
Just 13 seconds after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo began a rocket-powered test flight — and just five seconds after its innovative aero-braking system was inadvertently deployed at supersonic speeds — the spaceplane apparently broke up, killing one pilot and injuring another, according to a National Transportation Safety Board timeline.
Station astronaut calls private spaceflight ‘next breakthrough’
Space station astronaut Reid Wiseman, preparing to return to Earth this weekend after 165 days in orbit, said commercial spaceflight represents the “next breakthrough” in aerospace technology, and that he hopes Virgin Galactic can ultimately turn that dream into reality despite the fatal crash of the company’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane.
Virgin Galactic rocket plane deployed braking system prematurely
SpaceShipTwo crash inquiry could take a year
Photos: Atlas 5 soars into space with GPS satellite
Branson vows to press ahead, NTSB investigation begins
Richard Branson, the charismatic leader of Virgin Galactic and a driving force in the push to commercialize space travel, vowed to find out what caused the fatal crash of his company’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, to learn from the tragedy and to press ahead with plans to carry paying customers into space.