Interstellar Technologies’ privately-developed MOMO-5 rocket falls short of reaching space – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Private launch companies seeking to lower the coast of reaching space continue to develop new vehicles, and the latest to attempt a trip to space is Interstellar Technologies (IST), a Japanese private launch company founded in 2003. The company first launched a vehicle in 2017, but the launch didn’t go exactly as planned and…

NASA taps Kathy Lueders to lead its human spaceflight efforts – TechCrunch

[ad_1] NASA has selected a new top official to oversee all of its efforts regarding human spaceflight — Kathy Lueders, who previously led NASA’s commercial crew program starting in 2014 and culminating in the successful first crewed demonstration launch of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft last month. Lueders also previously worked on NASA’S Commercial Cargo program, which…

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

[ad_1] 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…

Virgin Galactic is partnering with NASA to develop supersonic point-to-point air travel – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Virgin Galactic today revealed a new partnership with NASA, in pursuit of the goal of developing a high speed vehicle for point-to-point travel across Earth. NASA has been pursuing development of high mach air travel itself, with the development of its Supersonic X-59 low-boon supersonic test plane built by Lockheed Martin, but this new…

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo completes flight from Spaceport America

[ad_1] Virgin Galactic‘s SpaceShipTwo commercial space plane has officially made its first successful test flight out of Spaceport America, its base in New Mexico. On Friday, the company announced that its suborbital spacecraft, called VSS Unity, marked “an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service.” Though Unity had already completed several successful glide…