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Virgin Galactic completes second rocket flight test

The company that plans to launch tourists into space at $250,000 per flight has successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of SpaceShipTwo (SS2), its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle.

Virgin Galactic says the commercial spaceplane achieved its highest altitude and greatest speed to date, and also demonstrated high altitude deployment of its wing ‘feathering’ re-entry mechanism.

On September 5, 2013 at approximately 0800 local time, the company’s WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port carrying SS2 to an altitude of 46,000 feet.

The company that plans to launch tourists into space at $250,000 per flight has successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of SpaceShipTwo (SS2), its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle.

Virgin Galactic says the commercial spaceplane achieved its highest altitude and greatest speed to date, and also demonstrated high altitude deployment of its wing ‘feathering’ re-entry mechanism.

On September 5, 2013 at approximately 0800 local time, the company’s WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port carrying SS2 to an altitude of 46,000 feet.

Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/aerospace/news/virgin-galactic-completes-second-rocket-flight-test/1017064.article#ixzz2eOi1oG7K

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September 9, 2013

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