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SpaceShipTwo probe said to focus on possible structural failure

Early reports suggested an engine explosion led to the crash of the experimental space plane, killing one pilot.

By November 2, 2014


Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes, 1 dead

The space plane, designed for space tourism, crashed in California's Mojave Desert. One fatality and one major injury have been confirmed by Virgin Galactic.

By October 31, 2014


Branson on Virgin Galactic crash: 'Space flight is hard -- but worth it'

As the National Transportation Safety Board takes the lead role in investigating the crash of SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson says the space-tourism venture would still "love to finish what we started."

By November 1, 2014


Virgin Galactic to resume powered test flights

Virgin's commercial passenger space flight venture is soon to begin a new round of test flights for spaceliner SpaceShipTwo.

By October 19, 2014


Virgin Galactic again notches successful supersonic test flight

The third such test flight examined the spaceship's reaction control system and thermal protection.

By January 14, 2014


The Week in Pictures: Atomic movies to galactic storms

Google pushes Glass into the wild, Virgin shows off rockets for commercial space travel, and we see the tiniest movie ever made.

By May 3, 2013


SpaceShipTwo fires rocket engine in supersonic flight

The space plane hits Mach 1.2 as Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson sees "full space flight" by the end of 2013.

By April 29, 2013


Paul Allen's Stratolaunch: Grand plan for next-gen space travel

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen forms Stratolaunch Systems with Burt Rutan. The company plans to build the largest aircraft ever made, and one capable of quick turnarounds on orbital flights.

By December 13, 2011


Virgin Galactic unveils the WhiteKnightTwo

High-altitude aircraft carrier unveiled to the public along with a contest to win a ride.

By July 28, 2008


Virgin Galactic to give NASA suborbital rides

NASA will send up to 1,300 pounds of experiments to the edge of space on SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's privately funded space tourism vehicle.

By October 15, 2011