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Pretty pictures: Gliding flight for SpaceShipTwo

Posted By Emily Lakdawalla

2013/04/05 12:46 CDT

Topics: pretty pictures, private spaceflight

I post these for no other reason than that they are just breathtaking. I've seen these two lovely aircraft up close, but it's another thing entirely to see them in the sky. Especially to see SpaceShipTwo gliding free of WhiteKnightTwo. The pictures were taken during a test flight on April 3; Virgin Galactic shared them on their Facebook page yesterday. SpaceShipTwo has still not been tested in powered flight.

SpaceShipTwo released

Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo released
SpaceShipTwo just after she is released from WhiteKnightTwo for another successful test flight. This was her 24th glide flight and the 6th in-flight test of her patented feathered re-entry system. The flight also successfully verified SS2's nitrous loading and venting system, another key milestone on the way to her first powered flight.
SpaceShipTwo released

Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo released
SpaceShipTwo just after she is released from WhiteKnightTwo for another successful test flight. This was her 24th glide flight and the 6th in-flight test of her patented feathered re-entry system. The flight also successfully verified SS2's nitrous loading and venting system, another key milestone on the way to her first powered flight.
Gliding past the Moon

Virgin Galactic / Oliver Ouyang

Gliding past the Moon
SpaceShipTwo glided past the Moon as she came in to land at the Mojave Spaceport after another successful test flight. This was her 24th glide flight and the 6th in-flight test of her patented feathered re-entry system. The flight also successfully verified SS2's nitrous loading and venting system, another key milestone on the way to her first powered flight.
 

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Comments:

Mike Martinez: 04/05/2013 04:57 CDT

I s this simply just another step towards a larger version in the future of both crafts?

Tam Mallory: 04/05/2013 07:54 CDT

This could pass as a prototype of the Spaceship USS Enterprise from Star Trek

Guy Jackson: 04/06/2013 12:41 CDT

Tam Mallory - SpaceShip Two has been named "VSS Enterprise" (for Virgin Space Ship Enterprise). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VSS_Enterprise

Guy Jackson: 04/06/2013 12:44 CDT

Mike Martinez - WhiteKnight Two (aka "VMS Eve" for Virgin MotherShip) and SpaceShip Two (aka "VSS Enterprise") already *are* the scaled-up versions of WhiteKnight One and SpaceShip One.

Matt Johnson: 04/06/2013 09:23 CDT

Emily, these are great pictures, thanks for sharing them. This is the full size craft, designed to take five people (I think) into space. I hope Virgin, or someone takes the next step and offers affordable rides into orbit.

David Gash: 04/06/2013 02:24 CDT

I bet it will cost you at least 75,000 a seat, way out of my league, till i win the loto

Keith Hearn: 04/07/2013 04:29 CDT

David Gash - Try $200,000.

Ranjones: 04/08/2013 09:49 CDT

When do we get warp drive?

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