Virgin and XCOR progress towards powered test flights

An image from Virgin Galactic of the liquid oxidizer tank being installed in SpaceShipTwo. (credit: Virgin Galactic)

The two companies in the lead to fly crewed suborbital spacecraft announced milestones earlier this week towards the beginning of powered flight tests of their vehicles. On Friday, Virgin Galactic released images of an oxidizer tank being [...]

SpaceX ready for its first cargo flight to the ISS

Falcon 9 and the CRS-1 Dragon spacecraft on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral about seven and a half hours before its scheduled launch Sunday. (credit: J. Foust)

SpaceX is less than five hours from launching the first of twelve cargo missions to the ISS—technology and weather permitting. SpaceX erected the Falcon 9 rocket, [...]