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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

Posted on Tue, 25 May 2010 15:02:11 GMT

SpaceShipTwoSpace ship two, officially names VSS Enterprise Completed it’s second Captive test flight over the Mohave Desert Sunday May 16th All test goals where achieved in this test flight. Spaceship two was pressurized and powered by the mother ship and climbed to 51,000 ft .The ship was flown to that altitude to test its flight worthiness and to test it’s descent from a space flight.

Spaceship two will ferry civil passenger to the edge of space and back. Spaceship two will be part of Virgin Galactic growing fleet of civil spacecraft.

The spaceship is powered by a hybrid rocket motor. This type of system is not a new idea but offers important safety and environmental advantages over liquid or solid systems that are more commonly used on manned space vehicles. In particular, it means that the pilots will be able to shut down the SpaceShipTwo rocket motor at any time during its operation and glide safely back to the runway.

Spaceship two will be taken aloft by the Aircraft, White knite 2 ,A dual fuselage 4 enginged aircraft with Space ship two nesseld in between the two fuselages. Each of WhiteKnightTwo's fuselages has a dihedral wing and the spaceship will be placed centrally between them, where the wing tips are joined at the highest point of this elongated 'W-shape' wing. With its fuselages some 50ft apart, WhiteKnightTwo's payload area is large and readily accessible from the ground - an open architecture approach which maximizes its future utility. The extraordinary result looks appropriately out of the ordinary, as one might expect from a piece of 21st century space launch hardware.

Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two in the hangar
Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two in the hangar

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Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation industry expert with over 20 years of experience and also has a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

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