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Virgin Galactic test flight proves a success

By T.K. Randall
December 5, 2016 · Comment icon 4 comments

Virgin Galactic's new SpaceShipTwo is working well. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Jeff Foust
Richard Branson's fledgling space tourism firm is back on track following a fatal crash two years ago.
Ten months after its unveiling at a high-profile press event earlier this year, the new SpaceShipTwo 'VSS Unity' has been seen soaring high above the Mojave Desert as part of a successful test flight which saw it glide for around ten minutes before landing safely on the tarmac.

It was lifted in to the air by its companion carrier WhiteKnightTwo which also landed successfully.

The private space firm is likely to be breathing a sigh of relief after two years of uncertainty following the crash of its original SpaceShipTwo in October 2014 which resulted in the death of a pilot.
The space plane was destroyed after its unique 'feathering' system deployed prematurely.

With its successor now in full working order, the firm has stated that it will be initiating commercial space tourism operations from its New Mexico spaceport "once it believes it is safe to do so."

When that happens it will be the first service of its kind anywhere in the world.

Source: Sky News | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Good for them!  I'm sure the waiting list of the rich and famous is growing by leaps and bounds.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 7 years ago
Hail, Virgin Galactic!!  Hail, Sir Richard Branson for persevering.   To think it all started with rock n' roll. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by brlesq1 7 years ago
Wonder how much a ticket will cost. Probably more than I'll see in my lifetime...
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
I hope I live to date one of those In Flight Stewardess ~

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