TEST FLIGHT

  • NASA's Orion spaceship successfully completes debut test run December 6, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: A US spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars made a near-bullseye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, wrapping up a flawless, unmanned debut test flight around Earth. The Orion capsule blasted off aboard a Delta 4 Heavy rocket, the biggest in the US fleet, just...
  • NASA's Orion all set for December 4 test flight November 29, 2014

    Washington: Designed to carry astronauts to deep space destinations like Mars, NASA's Orion spacecraft is all set to blast off for its first test flight December 4. To be launched atop a Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 37 in Florida, Orion will not carry...
  • NASA test flight still on track despite accidents November 7, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents. Officials on Friday said everything looks good for the December 4 launch of NASA's new Orion capsule. This one will not carry a crew. Future Orions are meant to carry astronauts on...
  • SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight August 23, 2014

    Washington: A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to develop a spacecraft that can return to Earth and be used again. The rocket was a threeengine version of the F9R test vehicle that succeeds SpaceX's Grasshopper prototype. "During...
  • Boeing completes 'uneventful' test flight of 787 Dreamliner February 11, 2013

    Chicago: Boeing Co completed what it called an uneventful flight on Saturday of a test 787 Dreamliner, its first since the airplanes were grounded more than three weeks ago after a series of batteryrelated problems. The test flight to gather detailed information on the airplane's lithiumion batteries lasted two hours and...
  • NASA announces first private spacecraft flight December 12, 2011

    Houston: US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced the launch date for the first test flight of a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission, which will test a vehicle intended to carry cargo and eventually crew to orbit represents an important step for...
  • Boeing's new 747 takes flight near Seattle February 9, 2010

    Chicago: Boeing Co flew its twicedelayed 7478 Freighter for the first time on Monday, a significant milestone in the history of the legendary 747 family and a step that could bolster the credibility of the world's secondlargest plane maker. The new plane the biggest commercial jet Boeing has ever...
  • And lift off! Boeing 787 jetliner takes to the skies December 16, 2009

    Everett, Washington: Boeing's new 787 jetliner finally got airborne on Tuesday, the longdelayed inaugural flight of the world's first commercial plane constructed with half its components made from lightweight composite materials. The sleek jet lifted off from Everett's Paine Field on a flight over Washington state, beginning an extensive testing program...