Virgin Galactic Aborts Commercial Space Plane Minutes after Launch

After weeks of speculation and push backs, Virgin Galactic finally gave the green light for its rocket-powered space plane to launch on Saturday 12 December.

However, just minutes later, the spacecraft could be seen heading back down to Earth to land, instead of shooting further up into orbit.

The test flight mission was aborted, and the test pilots landed the spacecraft and themselves safely back to Earth.