Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Rocket Test

Virgin Galactic has successfully tested their SpaceShipTwo rocket. While there hasn’t been much news about them the past couple years what with SpaceX and the like stealing the thunder with the cargo contracts with NASA, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipOne actually won the Ansari X Prize worth $10 Million for the first privately developed piloted spacecraft.

What does all this mean you may ask? Well this is one of the biggest milestones in the long and hard path for Virgin Galactic to begin providing commercial suborbital service from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

If anyone wants to take notes now, I will accept a paid trip on a Virgin Galactic flight as a present. Just sayin’.

 

Check out full article and a few videos on space.com

Rocket that will carry cargo ship test launched

Orbital Sciences Corp, has successfully launched a test rocket and released a dummy cargo pod payload. The rocket took off from Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore after two previous launches were scrubbed due to a technical failure and poor weather.

This is the second company that NASA contracted to help deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Unlike SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule, that can take experiments and cargo back to Earth, the Cygnus capsule will be loaded with garbage on it’s return trip and will burn up in the atmosphere similar to the Russian, European and Japanese cargo ships do.

Check out the full story here.