Firms pitch new rocket to NASA for manned flights

Two major rocket companies - ATK and Astrium - are in talks with NASA about a new vehicle which would carry out manned flights to the International Space Station (ISS).

Virgin spaceship makes first free flight

Sir Richard Branson's VSS Enterprise spaceship made its first manned free flight yesterday, gliding from 45,000 feet to a textbook landing at Mojave Air and Spaceport.