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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit rocket test launch fails

Mission terminated early in flight over Pacific Ocean off coast of southern CaliforniaRichard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has failed in its first test launch of a new rocket carried by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California.The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well until moments after the rocket was dropped from beneath the left wing of the jumbo jet, dubbed “Cosmic Girl”. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Space, Science, California, UK News, World news, Richard Branson, Boeing, Pacific Ocean, CaliforniaRichard Branson


Virgin Orbit's First Orbital Test Flight Cut Short After Rocket Released from Carrier Aircraft

An anonymous reader shares a report: On Monday, Virgin Orbit attempted the first full flight of its orbital payload launch system, which includes a modified Boeing 747 called 'Cosmic Girl' that acts as a carrier aircraft for its air-launched rocket LauncherOne. While Virgin Orbit has flown Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne previously for different tests and demonstrations, this was the first end-to-end system test. Unfortunately, that test ended much earlier than planned -- just shortly after the Laun...
Tags: California, Tech, Virgin, Boeing, Spaceport, Kelly Latimer, Mojave Air, Virgin Orbit, Todd Ericson, Carrier Aircraft


Beardy Branson’s 747-assisted sat-launcher can’t get it up

First Virgin Orbit test launch glitches out at rocket’s first stage Virgin Orbit, the Richard-Branson-founded effort to launch satellites into space from a rocket that drops beneath the wing of a Boeing 747, has suffered a failure of its first test launch.…
Tags: Software, Richard Branson, Boeing, Beardy Branson


Virgin Orbit’s first orbital test flight cut short after rocket released from carrier aircraft

On Monday, Virgin Orbit attempted the first full flight of its orbital payload launch system, which includes a modified Boeing 747 called ‘Cosmic Girl’ that acts as a carrier aircraft for its air-launched rocket LauncherOne. While Virgin Orbit has flown Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne previously for different tests and demonstrations, this was the first end-to-end system test. Unfortunately, that test ended much earlier than planned – just shortly after the LauncherOne rocket was released from Co...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, California, Tech, Ceo, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Virgin Group, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Virgin Atlantic, Spaceport, Outer Space, Kelly Latimer


Virgin Orbit successfully dropped a rocket from a jumbo jet and ignited it, but its launch failed due to an 'anomaly'

Virgin Orbit's first rocket launch failed due to an unexplained problem after it had a "clean release" from the Cosmic Girl jumbo jet. The airplane and flight crew safely returned to the base in Mojave, California, after the launch attempt on Monday.  SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared support with the company on Twitter, writing that the Falcon 1 took four attempts before orbiting around the Earth.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After postponing its long-awaited rocket launc...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Virgin, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Boeing, Falcon, Elon, McDowell, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Mojave California, Jonathan McDowell, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Red, White and Blast-Off

(Editor’s note: The following is a reposting of an Airman magazine story and an episode of BLUE, which aired in 2017 on AFTV, about Air Force astronauts assigned to NASA. Additional information from NASA is added to mark the culmination of a nearly decade-long goal to once again launch American astronauts from U.S. soil via NASA’s Commercial Crew Program with SpaceX and Boeing. On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Air Force Col. Robert Behnken and retired Marine Col. Douglas Hurley are scheduled to pilot...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Navy, Iraq, Russia, US, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Military, United States, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Kansas, Tokyo


The private jet version of the Boeing 787 can cost more than $200 million and fly over 18 hours. Take a look at some its most luxurious designs.

The BBJ 787 Dreamliner is like the hybrid of private jets costing over $200 million. The jet can fly over 18 hours with a bedroom and shower onboard.
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After 19 Years, the ISS Receives Its Very Last NASA Science Rack

"One of the longer chapters of the International Space Station has come to a close," writes Engadget. "NASA has sent the last of its 11 ExPRESS (Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station) science racks to the orbiting facility, 19 years after sending the first two." They don't look like much, but they provide the power, storage, climate control and communications for up to 10 small payloads — they're key to many of the experiments that run aboard the ISS and will help the sta...
Tags: Alabama, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Iss, Boeing, Marshall, Marshall Space Flight Center, Engadget NASA, Shaun Glasgow, EXPRESS Racks


NASA calculated how risky SpaceX's first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they're 'very comfortable' with those odds

SpaceX is preparing to fly its first humans to orbit aboard a new Crew Dragon spaceship. The Demo-2 mission, as it's called, is a high-stakes test flight of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. The mission on Friday passed a critical NASA safety review, teeing up the astronauts to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday. NASA told Business Insider it estimates there's a 1-in-276 chance the flight could be fatal and a 1-in-60 chanc...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, US, America, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Demo, Boeing, LOC, Columbia, Falcon


NASA calculated how risky SpaceX's first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they're 'really comfortable' with those odds

SpaceX is preparing to fly its first humans to orbit aboard a new Crew Dragon spaceship. The Demo-2 mission, as it's called, is a high-stakes test flight of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. The mission on Friday passed a critical NASA safety review, teeing up the astronauts to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday. NASA told Business Insider it estimates there's a 1-in-276 chance the flight could be fatal and a 1-in-60 chanc...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, US, America, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Demo, Boeing, LOC, Columbia, Falcon


Here’s what Virgin Orbit hopes to achieve with their first full orbital test launch on Sunday

Virgin Orbit held a press briefing on Saturday hosted by CEO Dan Hart and VP of Special Projects Will Pomerantz. The company aims to fly its first ever orbital test launch on Sunday, at roughly 9:30 AM PT (12:30 PM ET), though there’s flexibility for that to move depending on preparations and weather. If it succeeds with this test, it’ll join an elite club of private spaceflight companies that have actually made it to orbit – but that’s not the only measure of success for Virgin for tomorrow’...
Tags: TC, Space, California, Tech, Ceo, Space Tourism, Satellite, Virgin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Spaceport, Hart, Outer Space, Private Spaceflight, Virgin Orbit


Etihad Airways targeting 'meaningful' return to flying in July, says CEO - Arabianbusiness

Etihad Airways targeting 'meaningful' return to flying in July, says CEO - Arabianbusiness:Etihad Airways is targeting mid-July for a 'meaningful' return to regular passenger flights, according to CEO Tony Douglas.The Abu Dhabi carrier had previously pencilled in May 16 as a date for a return to flying, but the airline has since suspended sales of tickets on flights before June 16.Speaking on CNN’s Quest Means Business, Etihad Airways CEO Tony Douglas said the airline has managed to get a “skele...
Tags: Travel, Cnn, Abu Dhabi, Boeing, Uae, Etihad Airways, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Tony Douglas, Quest Means Business Etihad Airways


'We are a go': SpaceX just cleared 2 huge hurdles toward its first rocket launch of NASA astronauts into space next week

SpaceX is preparing to launch its first people into orbit on Wednesday using a new Crew Dragon spaceship. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will pilot the commercial mission, called Demo-2. But the rocket company, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, first needed to test-fire its rocket and get permission from NASA and even other countries before attempting the launch. On Friday, SpaceX checked off both boxes, leaving one final pre-launch review on Monday before the mission can leave Earth....
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Russia, America, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Bob, Jeff Bezos, Demo, Boeing, Roscosmos, Musk, Business Insider, Hurley, Doug


Virgin Orbit at last ready to live up to its name: Branson's other space adventure set for maiden flight this weekend

If all goes to plan, firm plans to begin commercial operations within months Virgin Orbit is set to fling a first payload to orbit with its Boeing 747-mounted LauncherOne.…
Tags: Software, Boeing, Branson


SpaceX reaches for milestone in spaceflight – a private company launches astronauts into orbit

On May 27, two American astronauts, Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley, are planning to launch from the Kennedy Space Center on a mission to the International Space Station. If successful, this will mark the first time in nine years that American astronauts will launch into space from American soil. What’s even more remarkable is they will not be launched by NASA but by a private company, SpaceX.Human spaceflight is incredibly difficult and expensive; the rockets must be reliable and the ve...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, News, Obama, China, Russia, US, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Mars, Iss, Tom Cruise


NASA astronauts arrive in Florida for historic SpaceX launch

By MARCIA DUNN | AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. It will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts into orbit. NASA test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken flew to Florida from their home base in Houston aboard one of the space agency’s jets. In this photo provided by N...
Tags: Business, Spacex, Florida, News, California News, America, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, United States, International Space Station, Kazakhstan, Houston, Air Force, Aerospace, Boeing


SpaceX is about to launch its first astronauts, and the stakes for both NASA and Elon Musk's rocket company are epic

SpaceX is about to launch its first people into orbit, an experimental flight of its new Crew Dragon spaceship. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will pilot the mission, called Demo-2, but their safety is not all that's at stake for NASA and SpaceX. SpaceX has big plans for lunar and Mars exploration, yet needs to show it can fly crewed missions before it can hope to achieve its grandest goals. NASA, meanwhile, wants to resurrect crewed US spaceflight for the first time in nearly a decade...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, China, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Tom Cruise, Demo, Boeing, Trump, SpaceX SpaceX


A new urban air mobility startup has been operating in secret with aims to begin testing its own electric VTOL aircraft by 2021

A new urban air mobility startup, Archer, was publicly announced on Thursday with aims to create a sustainable electric vertical take-off and land aircraft. Archer was started by entrepreneurs Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein with engineers from established industry leaders like Joby, Wisk, Airbus, and others, developing the eVTOL. The new aircraft will be able to fly 60 miles with four passengers at speeds of around 150 miles per hour, the company's founders told Business Insider. Visit Busine...
Tags: Boston, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, Nasa, Manhattan, Archer, Airbus, Boeing, Marc Lore, Federal Aviation Administration, Business Insider, San Francisco Bay Area, Vtol, Dallas Texas, Leonardo


Air France just retired its Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, a superjumbo which made its first flight just 15 years ago. Here's how it went from airline status symbol to reject in just 10 years

The Airbus A380 is the largest passenger and most expensive airliner in the world. The superjumbo, which made its first test flight on April 27, 2005, has now been in service with airlines for more than a decade. Airbus has booked just 251 orders for the plane and has struggled to find buyers — 242 of those orders have been delivered as of the end of February 2020.  The A380 is too big, expensive, and inefficient for most operators, and most have been grounded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jus...
Tags: Japan, Singapore, Trends, Bloomberg, Paris, Emirates, Tim Clark, Portugal, Dubai, Qantas, Tokyo, Airbus, Johannesburg, Boeing, Etihad, Toulouse


Air France just retired its Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, a superjumbo which made its first flight just 15 years ago. Here's how it went from airline status symbol to reject in just 10 years

The Airbus A380 superjumbo was supposed to be a game-changing icon like the Boeing 747. Instead, it will be discontinued for good in 2021.
Tags: News, Airbus, Boeing, Air France


Southwest CEO: Boeing 737 Max could fly again by late 2020

Southwest Airlines hopes to get its grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft back in the air by the end of the year, CEO Gary Kelly said Thursday.
Tags: News, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, Gary Kelly


Why Shares of Boeing Are Up Today

Shares of Boeing (NYSE: BA) gained 6% on Thursday morning after the aerospace giant was initiated as an "outperform" by RBC Capital. Boeing shares have lost more than half of their value year to date, but RBC's Michael Eisen sees the stock bouncing back, along with aircraft demand, relatively quickly. Boeing has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced it to dump its dividend and temporarily suspend some operations, and has caused its customers to halt expansion plans.
Tags: Business, News, Ba, Boeing, Rbc, Michael Eisen, RBC Capital Boeing


Virgin Orbit will do something very special with a rocket and a Boeing 747

The Virgin Galactic spinoff doesn't want to launch its rockets from the ground
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Boeing, Virgin Orbit


Virgin Orbit to do something very special with a rocket and a Boeing 747

The Virgin Galactic spinoff doesn't want to launch its rockets from the ground
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Boeing, Virgin Orbit


Virgin Orbit sets first orbital launch for May 24

Virgin Orbit has been preparing for this moment for years, but it’s now officially ready to launch its small satellite delivery vehicle to orbit for the first time. This key demonstration mission, taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California, will replicate the actual operational launch experience that Virgin Orbit hopes to provide its customers going forward. The company is targeting Sunday May 24 at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET) for this historic launch, with a four-hour window on the day d...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, California, Tech, Flight, Virgin Galactic, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Falcon, Outer Space, Electron, Space Port, Rocket Lab, Mojave Air


From warehouses to office space, real-estate markets are being turned upside down — and these are the winners and losers

Offices, hotels, and malls have been emptied by the coronavirus, which could lead long-term disruption in our day-to-day lives.  The coronavirus has provided the largest experiment ever in remote work. Experts say it will forever change our relationship with the physical office. Flex-space providers like WeWork, Knotel, and Convene, rental startups like Sonder and Zeus Living, iBuyer Opendoor, and brokerages including Compass and Redfin have laid off or furloughed staff.  Companies are rethink...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, Texas, Softbank, New York City, US, Trends, Brooklyn, Peter Thiel, Brookfield, Airbnb, Las Vegas, WeWork, Zillow, Boeing


State requires U.S. Department of Energy to remove 10 buildings at contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy agreed on Tuesday, May 20, to remove 10 contaminated buildings at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory tucked away in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys and used during the Cold War-era to test rocket systems and nuclear reactors. Under an agreement reached with the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the federal agency will remove the deteriorating buildings within the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility Complex, preventing a release of hazardou...
Tags: News, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Local News, Boeing, Department Of Energy, Gavin Newsom, U S Department of Energy, San Fernando, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Department of Toxic Substances Control, SIMI, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


Lawmakers: FAA certification of new planes needs an overhaul

The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps to change how it approves new passenger planes, but lawmakers said they will push ahead with legislation to change the current system that lets aircraft makers including Boeing play a key role in the certification process. The FAA has been under pressure to change its certification process after failing to catch problems with new flight-control technology on the Boeing 737 Max. Design problems have been blamed for two crashes that killed 346 pe...
Tags: News, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration


604 Aircraft Storage

The chief commercial officer of one of the largest aircraft maintenance, storage, and reclamation operations explains aircraft storage in light of the large number of airplanes taken out of service. In the news, members of the new Women in Aviation Advisory Board are announced, the fatal Canadian Snowbird crash, the Cessna SkyCourier first flight, airline passenger policies for wearing masks, and Airbus looks to a downsized future. Guest Scott Butler, chief commercial officer, Ascent Aviati...
Tags: Nbc, US, Cnn, Arizona, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Faa, Boeing, United, Jetblue, United Airlines, Zodiac Aerospace, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest


NASA's human spaceflight chief resigns a week before SpaceX is supposed to launch its first astronauts for the agency

Doug Loverro, who led NASA's human spaceflight division, has resigned after just six months on the job. Loverro quit a week before SpaceX is scheduled to launch its first passengers — two NASA astronauts — on a mission called Demo-2. In an email to NASA employees, Loverro referenced an unspecified "mistake" in risk-taking that led to his resignation. Ars Technica reported the mistake is "not related" to SpaceX's first crewed mission, but seemingly NASA's Artemis program to return humans to the...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Congress, Politico, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Ars Technica, Nasa, International Space Station, Oklahoma, Demo, Boeing, Artemis, Business Insider, Eric Berger