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Did you see history being made on April 29, 2013?


Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson’s space travel company, had a momentous day on April 29, 2013! The test pilots completed the first rocket-propelled test flight—ever! Consumer space travel is becoming a reality. In case you missed the event, here’s a video of the flight and a video of Branson’s thoughts on the successful event. And, if this ignites a flame within you to experience a flight into Space, contact me, *protected email*,  today and we’ll reserve a seat for you aboard Virgin Galactic!

VIRGIN GALACTIC’S SPACESHIPTWO ACHIEVES MAJOR MILESTONE!

VSS Enterprise achieves manned free flight from over 45,000 ft (13,700 meters) and successfully glides in 11 minutes to land at Mojave Air and Spaceport
 

10th October 2010, Mojave, CA. Virgin Galactic, the US company developing the world’s first

commercial manned space flight system and tourism business, is delighted to announce the successful completion today of the first piloted free flight of SpaceShipTwo, named the VSS

Enterprise. The spaceship was released from its mothership at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 metres).

 

During its first flight the spaceship was piloted by Pete Siebold, assisted by Mike Alsbury as co-pilot. The two main goals of the flight were to carry out a clean release of the spaceship from its mothership and for the pilots to free fly and glide back and land at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

 

Other detailed objectives of the flight were successfully completed, including; verification that all systems worked prior and following the clean release of Enterprise; initial evaluation of handling and stall characteristics; qualitative evaluation of stability and control of SS2 against

predictions from design and simulation work; verification of performance by evaluating the lift-to-drag ratio of the spaceship during glide flight; practice a landing approach at altitude and finally descend and land.

 

Preparations for the milestone flight were extensive. The WhiteKnightTwo mothership (Eve) flew 40 times including 4 captive carry flights of spaceship and mothership mated together. The most recent captive carry was on Sept 30th. The most recent solo flight was on October

5th and demonstrated that all the systems required for a free flight by the VSS Enterprise were functioning correctly without any safety issues.

Commenting on the successful flight Scaled Composites pilot, Pete Siebold, said “The VSS Enterprise was a real joy to fly, especially

when one considers the fact that the vehicle has been designed not only to be a Mach 3.5 spaceship capable of going into space but also one of the worlds highest altitude gliders.”

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, who was present during the first successful flight, added “This was one of the most exciting days in the whole history of Virgin. For the first time since we seriously began the project in 2004, I watched the world’s first manned commercial spaceship landing on the runway at Mojave Air and Space Port and it was a great moment. Now, the sky is no longer the limit and we will begin the process of pushing beyond to the final frontier of space itself over the next year.”

 

Virgin Galactic is now well on the way to becoming the world’s first commercial space line with 370 customer deposits totaling $50 million. Future commercial operations will be at Spaceport America in New Mexico where final preparations are taking place for a finished runway inauguration ceremony on Friday 22nd October 2010. National Geographic channel in the United States will be showing a documentary on the build up and preparation for the first flight of VSS Enterprise on Monday, 18 October at 10.00pm ET/PT.

 

George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic who was also present at the historic flight, added “To see the world’s first manned commercial spaceship landing on a runway is a sight I always dreamed I would behold. Now, our challenge going forward will be to complete our

experimental program, obtain our FAA license and safely bring the system into service at Spaceport America, New Mexico.”

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VSS Enterprise Makes First Crewed Flight

Historic & Successful First Crewed Flight of SpaceShipTwo

Just a few hours ago WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo completed their third captive carry flight but this was a very significant one as for the first time there were two pilots crewing SpaceShipTwo. There was much anticipation in the lead up to this flight as although it might not sound much to the layman it was a major milestone in the test flight program

SS2 Liveried Comp.jpgSS2 Liveried

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