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