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Brightman discusses plans for tourist flight to ISS
Posted: Wed, Mar 11 7:08 AM ET (1108 GMT)
Brightman ISS mission patch Singer Sarah Brightman said Tuesday she will sing a song during her upcoming commercial trip on the International Space Station. Brightman, speaking at a press conference in London, said her ex-husband, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, is writing a song that she will sing while on the ISS in September. Brightman is paying a reported $52 million for a ten-day trip to the ISS; she declined to confirm the price but said that she is paying for the trip herself. Brightman said she also has partnerships with UNESCO and the Challenger Center for educational programs during her visit to the station.

Investigators: SpaceShipTwo feathering system deployed prematurely
Posted: Mon, Nov 3 9:04 AM ET (1404 GMT)
SpaceShipTwo in first feathered glide flight (Virgin Galactic/Clay Observatory) Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said late Sunday that data they have collected indicates that SpaceShipTwo's feathering system appeared to deploy while the vehicle was in powered flight on its fatal October 31 test flight. The NTSB said that telemetry from SpaceShipTwo, as well as cockpit video, showed that the co-pilot unlocked the feathering system nine seconds into powered flight. The pilots did not move another handle to deploy the feathering system, but the NTSB said the feathering mechanism extended two seconds after unlocking. The feathering system is designed to raise the vehicle's twin tail booms during reentry to provide increased drag and stable flight. The NTSB said the vehicle's hybrid rocket motor, which had previously been the subject of speculation about the accident, performed normally, and investigators said engine components recovered in the debris were intact with no evidence of burn-through.

NTSB begins investigation of SpaceShipTwo crash
Posted: Sun, Nov 2 8:07 AM ET (1307 GMT)
The National Transportation Safety Board started their investigation Saturday into the October 31 crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, an accident that killed one pilot...

SpaceShipTwo crashes in test flight, one pilot killed
Posted: Sat, Nov 1 8:21 AM ET (1221 GMT)
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane crashed during a test flight Friday near Mojave, California, killing one pilot and injuring the other. The vehicle, making...

XCOR Aerospace raises $14 million
Posted: Wed, May 28 12:47 PM ET (1647 GMT)
Suborbital vehicle developer XCOR Aerospace announced Tuesday that it has raised $14.2 million in a new funding round led by Dutch investors that will...

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