Rocket motor fails to ignite on Virgin Galactic test flight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic test flight Saturday ended prematurely as the spacecraft’s rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico. Virgin Galactic said the rocket motor’s ignition sequence “did not complete” but that the spacecraft and two crew members were “in great shape.” The brief statement said Virgin Galactic has several “several motors ready at Spaceport America” and that it would check the vehicle and “be back to flight soon.” The flight was the first from Virgin Galactic’s new headquarters at Spaceport America, a futuristic desert outpost.