Space & Astronomy
Virgin Galactic given permit for launch tests
June 1, 2012 | 4 comments
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Affordable space tourism grows ever closer as rocket-powered test flights get the green light.
Manufacturer Scaled Composites has been granted an experimental launch permit to conduct test flights beyond Earth's atmosphere. Work is currently underway to integrate the rocket motor to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two spacecraft in preparation for testing, if successful then flights funded by paying passengers won't be too far behind.
Like its predecessor, SpaceShip Two will work by being flown in to the air by a carrier jet and then released, allowing it to fire it's rockets and go up in to space.
Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic's spaceship design partner, was granted an experimental permit from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Ė a move that will allow it to proceed with powered flights.
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