October 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test FlightThe New York Times

SpaceShipTwo, a rocket plane that is to carry tourists on a short ride to space, crashed in the Mojave Desert on Friday during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots.

SpaceShipTwo is a prototype commercial spaceship by Virgin Galactic. Like its smaller predecessor, SpaceShipOne, the craft is designed to be lifted aloft by a carrier plane, then released. It fires a rocket engine to reach the upper atmosphere, then glides to a landing.

Virgin Galactic’s operations will operate commercially from SpacePort America in New Mexico. -- 10/31/2014