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Virgin Galactic craft to go supersonic ?

By T.K. Randall
April 28, 2013 · Comment icon 24 comments



Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
SpaceShipTwo will be conducting its first rocket-powered test flight tomorrow says Richard Branson.
The six-passenger suborbital ship is designed to ignite its rocket engine in flight after being dropped by a larger aircraft called White Knight Two. The ship will then climb to a height far beyond Earth's atmosphere to give tourists a brief glimpse of what it's like to fly in space. Virgin Galactic are offering seats for $200,000 each and so far more than 500 people have signed up.

"We’re hoping to break the sound barrier. That’s planned Monday. It will be a historic day," said Branson in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. If things continue to go well then sub-orbital flights aboard SpaceShip Two could officially begin early next year.
The spaceship is modeled after a prototype, called SpaceShipOne, that won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004 for being the first privately developed, piloted vehicle to reach suborbital space.


Source: Discovery News | Comments (24)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by highdesert50 10 years ago
Humans are risk takers. Our desire to explore has likely led to the success of our species. To the risk takers, go the rewards.
Comment icon #16 Posted by DONTEATUS 10 years ago
Cant wait to see the results !
Comment icon #17 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
Virgin Galactic are reporting on Facebook that the first powered flight test has been successful.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
PF01 B-Roll FootageB-Roll Footage of Virgin Galactic breaking the speed of sound in first rocket-powered flight of SpaceShipTwoSource: Virgin Galactic - YouTube Channel
Comment icon #19 Posted by Babe Ruth 10 years ago
Thanks for that footage Waspie! Awesome to see, and a successful test flight!
Comment icon #20 Posted by DONTEATUS 10 years ago
Sir Richard Branson and Family will be Soon to Fly into the History Books. What a day that will be ! Thanks Waspie for keeping this thread up.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 10 years ago
wow 200,000 dollars that's a lot of money there.pretty much only the rich can afford or people that get paid a lot of money.i already have the technology its called astral projection oh yeah and the best part its free and unlimited to one can do hell yeah no spaceship can beat that
Comment icon #22 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
Virgin Galactic First Powered Flight VNRVirgin Galactic First Powered Flight VNRSource: Virgin Galactic - YouTube Channel
Comment icon #23 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
VG Powered Flight Updated Drop BRollFinal footage of SS2 going supersonic for the first time.Source: Virgin Galactic - YouTube Channel
Comment icon #24 Posted by Chooky88 10 years ago
Highdesert50.Totally agree. That's why I defend expensive rescue missions for explorers when all the sooky lalas start complaining these people got off the couch and did something. Even if for personal glory. And to be honest, they aren't that expensive as the rescuers and resources are being used anyway. There's another saying "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." For Red Dwarf fans in machine language "If you don't gosub a program loop, you won't get a sub route."


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