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Star-studded cast watches Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo glide through test flight

GeekWire - Feb 25, 2017
Virgin Galactic's unpowered glide tests begin with a twin-fuselage mothership, White Knight Two, taking off with SpaceShipTwo attached underneath. When the White Knight reaches the right altitude, SpaceShipTwo is released to glide down to a landing at ...

Virgin Galactic resumes SpaceShipTwo testing

SpaceNews - Feb 27, 2017
The company started a series of glide flights of SpaceShipTwo in early December to test its handling and performance before beginning powered test flights using its hybrid rocket motor. Company officials said last fall that they did not have a set ...

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Aces 3rd Glide Test Flight

Space.com - Feb 25, 2017
The VSS Unity, as the second SpaceShipTwo is called, took to the sky from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California under the wing of the company's WhiteKnightTwo mothership. At the controls were pilots Dave Mackay and Rick "C.J." Sturckow, a former ...

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Virgin Galactic: The First Ten Years

by: Erik Seedhouse

Thirty years ago when Sir Richard Branson called up Boeing and asked if they had a spare 747, few would have predicted the brash entrepreneur would so radically transform the placid business of air travel. But today, Branson flies airlines on six continents, employs hundreds of jets and, in 2014, was predicting that his spaceship company – Virgin Galactic – would soon open the space frontier to commercial astronauts, payload specialists, scientists and space tourists. With more than 600 seats sold at $250,000 each, what started off as a dream to send people just for the excitement to look back and marvel at Earth, was on the cusp of finally being turned into a business.
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Waiting for Launch: A Decade of Suborbital Spaceflight Dreams

by: Jeff Foust
On June 21, 2004, SpaceShipOne made history by becoming the first privately-developed human spacecraft to fly in space. That flight, and two that followed in the fall of 2004 that captured the $10-million Ansari X Prize, appeared to open a door to a new era of space tourism and commercial spaceflight.

Since those flights a decade ago, though, no other vehicle has performed the same feat. While Virgin Galactic is developing SpaceShipOne’s successor, SpaceShipTwo, that program has suffered years of delays.
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SpaceShipTwo 'Unity' Flies Solo For First Time | Video

The Virgin Galactic suborbital vehicle entered its second phase of testing on Dec. 3, 2016. It was released from its WhiteKnightTwo mothership and glided back ...

SpaceShipTwo - Catastrophic Failure Moment | Video

The NTSB has released video showing several angles of the doomed SpaceShipTwo flight, from initial separation from the White Knight carrier aircraft to the ...

SpaceShipTwo - Wonderful Raw Footage of 3rd Powered Flight 2014

2014 should be the year that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) brings passengers on suborbital space flights, and the company started off the year by ...

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