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Early reports suggested an engine explosion led to the crash of the experimental space plane, killing one pilot.
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.
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."
Virgin's commercial passenger space flight venture is soon to begin a new round of test flights for spaceliner SpaceShipTwo.
The third such test flight examined the spaceship's reaction control system and thermal protection.
Google pushes Glass into the wild, Virgin shows off rockets for commercial space travel, and we see the tiniest movie ever made.
The space plane hits Mach 1.2 as Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson sees "full space flight" by the end of 2013.
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.
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.
Partnership between Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites--The Spaceship Company--formally opens the final assembly plant for the spacecrafts that will whisk tourists to the stars.