Richard Branson knows the agony of space flight. After years of setbacks, he’s set on triumph.
As Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic prepares to eventually fly its first customers, the question remains.
The space industry wants to launch more rockets through an already congested airspace. The airline industry says that will lead to more flight delays.
Target test flight schedule
Boeing and SpaceX were awarded contracts from NASA to develop spacecraft capable of flying crews to the International Space Station. They have been in a race to see which company would fly first.
March 2, 2019: SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed)
April 2019: Boeing Orbital Flight Test (uncrewed)
May 2019: Boeing Pad Abort Test
June 2019: SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test
July 2019: SpaceX Demo-2 (crewed)
August 2019: Boeing Crew Flight Test (crewed)
Note: Schedule reflects the most recently released dates by NASA. Dates are tentative and would occur no earlier than listed.
As NASA prepares to launch humans from the U.S. again, the nature of space flight and who does it is changing once more.
KidsPost explores American spaceflight
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Journey to Space
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A look at some of the challenges, tools and inspiration for today’s kids, who will be the generation that travels to Mars.
Chris Ferguson flew with NASA before. Now, he’s returning as a citizen test pilot for the first flight of Boeing’s commercial craft.
NASA's administrator has directed the agency to look at boosting its brand by selling naming rights to rockets and spacecraft.
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Christian Davenport covers the defense and space industries for The Washington Post's Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000 and has served as an editor on the Metro desk and as a reporter covering military affairs. He is the author of "The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos" (PublicAffairs, 2018). Follow @wapodavenport .
Originally published Sept. 11, 2018.