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Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner
Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner

After last year's fatal crash, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic will now test its new SpaceShipTwo rocket without its longtime aerospace partner that designed and built the first plane. Since 2005, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, a firm famous in the industry for designing the aircraft that won the coveted X-Prize, had worked together to build and test SpaceShipTwo. Their goal: blasting wealthy tourists into space. Scaled was conducting the rocket's test flight Oct. 31 when it broke apart over the Mojave Desert about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, killing one of the two pilots aboard. The tests of the new spaceship, which is under construction in a hangar in...

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