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  • Virgin Galactic pilot defied the odds to survive crash

    Virgin Galactic pilot defied the odds to survive crash
    The Virgin Galactic rocket plane had just broken the sound barrier and was shooting toward the heavens when it began disintegrating, battered by powerful aerodynamic forces. The pilots were strapped into their seats as entire pieces were torn from...
  • Pilot killed in spaceship crash identified as Michael Alsbury

    Pilot killed in spaceship crash identified as Michael Alsbury
    Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson vowed on Saturday to find out what caused his space tourism company's passenger spaceship to crash during a test flight in California, killing one pilot and injuring the other, but expressed a desire to press on...
  • Pilot error possible cause of Virgin Galactic crash, NTSB says

    Pilot error possible cause of Virgin Galactic crash, NTSB says
    The fatal crash last week of an experimental rocket ship designed to shoot wealthy tourists into space raises serious safety issues, including questions over pilot error, the escape system for its crew, and the ship's exotic rocket motor. The National...
  • Virgin Galactic crash: Copilot who died unlocked lever early, NTSB says

    The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Monday night that the copilot who died in the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo prematurely unlocked the spacecraft's aerodynamic controls. After some confusion, acting chairman...
  • Virgin Galactic crash: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    To the editor: In assessing the damage caused by the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, Richard Branson quoted another famous British citizen, Sir Isaac Newton, saying that his team is "standing on the shoulders of giants." ("Virgin Galactic fatal...
  • 'Pilot error' may have contributed to SpaceShipTwo's crash, NTSB says

    'Pilot error' may have contributed to SpaceShipTwo's crash, NTSB says
    Just before SpaceShipTwo broke apart in midair Friday, the tail lifted prematurely after the co-pilot changed the aerodynamic controls, the leader of the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday night. Two levers were supposed to be pulled...
  • Key function of crashed Virgin spacecraft deployed early: NTSB

    Key function of crashed Virgin spacecraft deployed early: NTSB
    The investigation into last week's deadly crash of the Virgin Galactic spaceship has found that the "feathering" function to help it descend into the atmosphere from space was deployed early, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday....
  • Is Competence Too Much To Expect From Metro-North?

    Is Competence Too Much To Expect From Metro-North?
    Is the country suffering from a crisis of competence? Examples abound, from the botched implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the initial mishandling of Ebola patients in Texas. In that vein comes the National Transportation Safety Board's...
  • After deadly crash, Richard Branson says space travel still worth risk

    Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson says the company’s space travel program will press on following last week’s crash of one of its spaceships, which killed one pilot and injured another. In his first live interviews since the crash,...
  • Crash, pilot's death hit home for commercial space industry

    Crash, pilot's death hit home for commercial space industry
    At first glance, this dusty desert town hardly looks like a 21st century hub of technology and innovation. Besides a Denny's and a couple of fast food spots, there are dozens of boarded-up businesses, a few cheap hotels and a liquor store whose sign...
  • Virgin Galactic craft probably broke up in midair, NTSB chief says

    Virgin Galactic craft probably broke up in midair, NTSB chief says
    The National Transportation Safety Board's top official said late Saturday that he believes a Virgin Galactic space craft that crashed Friday, killing a test pilot, broke apart in midair. Christopher Hart, acting NTSB chairman, said the wreckage of...