SpaceShipTwo completes second powered flight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has completed its second powered flight, nearly three years since the first test (glide) flight. With no clear date yet for commercial operations, the milestone will no doubt come as exciting news for the hundreds of people signed up to fly with the company.

Source: http://www.virgingalactic.com/news/item/virgin-galactic-flexes-spaceshiptwos-unique-feather-mechanism-in-second-supersonic-flight/

Via: www.wired.com/autopia/2013/09/space-ship-two-flight-two/

A reality check for private enterprise in space?

Leading astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t think private enterprise has the mettle to shape the future of space space exploration.

“It’s not possible. Space is dangerous. It’s expensive. There are unquantified risks,” Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us. “Combine all of those under one umbrella; you cannot establish a free market capitalization of that enterprise.”

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-elon-musk-spacex-2013-8

Aerospace Masters scheme takes off

A new scheme to keep the UK at the forefront of the global aerospace industry has recruited its first intake of students.

  • 100 students awarded bursaries for government and industry funded Aerospace Masters scheme
  • Aerospace Technology Institute to be headquartered at Cranfield
  • new details published on £50 million competitive fund

Source (via http://www.rocketeers.co.uk/)