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Virgin Galactic given permit for launch tests

June 1, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments



Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
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.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (4)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by csspwns 10 years ago
i wont take it if i had to pay cuz i cost maybe half a million dollars and u have to eat space food. ( ughh ) but if i could go for free...then ill indure the space food. no offense but i tried space food and its disgusting it*
Comment icon #2 Posted by esperwolf 10 years ago
Fansinating I would love to venture to space. Problem though I won't have the cash to. Not only that wheres the warp speed and stuff. I know that will probably take another 1million years for us to discover.
Comment icon #3 Posted by grc 10 years ago
Fansinating I would love to venture to space. Problem though I won't have the cash to. Not only that wheres the warp speed and stuff. I know that will probably take another 1million years for us to discover. 1 million years? No, but it will take some time. I hope sometime in my lifetime I can take a trip around Mars at least.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
1 million years? No, but it will take some time. I hope sometime in my lifetime I can take a trip around Mars at least. Warp speed in your lifetime? Not unless physics is totally turned on it's head. Current theory forbids it. But getting to Mars needs a lot less than warp speed, and that could easily be achievable in the next few years


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