It is designed to disconnect from the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) craft and ascend to space …

After nearly 9 months of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has an official explanation for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash.

Last year's crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was caused by a premature repositioning of the vehicle's tail wings, an investigation by the … The aircraft that the spacecraft was launched from, known as White Knight 2, landed safely, Virgin Galactic said. This was a relatively late stage test flight in Virgin Galactic's quest to use two aircraft to put wealthy customers into space. SpaceShipTwo is the second-stage launch vehicle for Virgin Galactic’s space flight program. It was the second accident this week involving a commercial space company in the US. Virgin Galactic's newest SpaceShipTwo space plane just flew freely above its New Mexico home base for the first time.

The crash left one pilot dead and the other seriously injured. Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane SpaceShipTwo was destroyed in tragic accident during a test flight on Friday (Oct. 31).

At least one person is dead after the crash. The Richard Branson-founded company said … … Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo was lost during a test flight in Southern California, leaving one pilot dead. "During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo," Virgin Galactic said in a tweet on Friday. Microsoft Edge is thrilled to use web technologies as a digital gateway to help Virgin Galactic show how it is bringing about a new age of space exploration. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket crashed during a test flight over the Mojave Desert Friday, killing one of the two pilots aboard and seriously injuring the other. Virgin Galactic had said SpaceShipTwo's first test flight to an outer-space altitude — usually defined as 100 kilometers, or 62 miles — could have taken place before the end of the year. The trouble that led to Virgin Galactic’s 2014 crash had to do with the craft’s tail wings.

The fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert may lead to more scrutiny of the fledgling space passenger industry.

Virgin Galactic and Boeing had both made plans for commencing low-level orbit joyflights by 2015, but analysts say the SpaceShipTwo accident is a huge blow to the nascent industry. As the world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic states its purpose as - Together, we open space to change the world for good.