WK2 first flight in 2-3 weeks

At the ISPCS in Las Cruces this morning, Michael Blum, managing director of Repulse Bay Capital and a customer of Virgin Galactic, revealed some new details about the testing schedule for WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo that came out of a meeting held on Richard Branson’s Necker Island retreat recently. WK2 has recently performed some high-speed taxi […]

Formal Virgin Galactic/Spaceport America agreement imminent

Today’s Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a formal agreement between Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America could be signed as soon as today. The agreement would finalize Virgin’s use of the spaceport once it’s completed (although there has been at least an informal understanding since late 2005, and signed an MOU for leasing the spaceport in […]

Previewing the 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge

Immediately after the ISPCS will be the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge (NGLLC), run by the X Prize Foundation with prize money provided by NASA’s Centennial Challenges program. It was only in the last few weeks that the date and location for the competition was finalized. Original plans called for the event to take […]

Previewing ISPCS 2008

The 2008 edition of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) will be taking place the next two days in Las Cruces, New Mexico. (I’m writing this from a hotel room in Las Cruces, and will be at the conference.) The conference started in 2005 as simply the ISPS; the “and Commercial” part […]