Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise takes its first flight

Yesterday (22nd March 2010) Virgin Galactic announced that its revolutionary space craft the VSS Enterprise, successfully completed its first “captive carry” test flight, from Mojave Air and Spaceport in California in the USA.
The VSS Enterprise spaceship, which was first unveiled to the public on 7th December 2009, remained attached to its unique WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft for the 2 hours 54 minutes flight, and climbed to an altitude of 13716 metres (45,000ft).

Virgin Galactic already has approximately $45m in deposits for spaceflight reservations from over 330 clients looking forward to experience space.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic stated: “Seeing the finished spaceship in December was a major day for us but watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what beautiful, ground-breaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for us. It comes as no surprise that the flight went so well; the Scaled team is uniquely qualified to bring this important and incredible dream to reality. Today was another major step along that road and a testament to US engineering and innovation.”

The VSS Enterprise test flight programme will continue though 2010 and 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent glide and then powered flight, prior to the start of commercial operations.


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