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Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo plane takes its first free-flying test glide

GeekWire - Dec 3, 2016
Virgin Galactic's second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, dubbed VSS Unity, successfully glided through its first free-flying test run today. The flight comes more than two years after the first SpaceShipTwo broke up during a rocket-powered test. The hybrid ...

Virgin Galactic conducts captive carry flight of SpaceShipTwo

SpaceFlight Insider - Dec 1, 2016
During the 3 hour, 43 minute test flight, WhiteKnightTwo served as a “flying wind tunnel” allowing the highest fidelity method of testing airflow around SpaceShipTwo while also testing the performance of the spaceship when exposed to the frigid ...

Inside Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

The Planetary Society - Nov 8, 2016
Host Mat Kaplan traveled to California's Mojave Desert for a tour of Virgin Galactic's The Spaceship Company, where the second SpaceShipTwo was built and is undergoing flight tests. TSC Executive VP Enrico Palermo was his guide. Emily Lakdawalla ...

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by: Andrew Dewar
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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 - 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 ...

    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 '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 -- First Rocket-Powered, Supersonic Test Flight [HD]

    Footage of SS2 going supersonic for the first time.

    Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Animation

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