“We’ve confirmed a clean release from the aircraft. However, the mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base,” Virgin Orbit said in its official Twitter commentary on the launch. … [Read more...] about Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit rocket test launch fails
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At 4.33pm, a Dragon crew capsule attached to a Falcon 9 rocket is set to take flight from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, bound for the international space station (ISS). It will carry two Americans as test pilots, both veterans of previous space shuttle missions. They will remain there for up to three months while mission managers evaluate the spaceship’s performance. … [Read more...] about ‘The big show’: US poised to return to human spaceflight with historic launch
Virgin Orbit's vice-president of special projects Will Pomerantz said on Saturday that, although he was aware that 'about half' of an aerospace company's first full flights fail, he was confident in the work that the team behind the project had done to get to this moment. … [Read more...] about Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit set to take to sky as soon as 6pm tonight after historic first flight was delayed due to sensor failure
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What about the moon? Nasa is developing its own space launch system (SLS) rocket for its Artemis program, an ambitious $35bn project intended to return humans to the moon by 2024 and pave the way for missions to Mars by the mid 2030s. Already over budget and months behind schedule, the first test flight of SLS and its deep-space crew capsule Orion is not expected before late 2021. … [Read more...] about Astronauts prepare for landmark SpaceX launch: what you need to know