Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Inaugural test flight for SpaceShip Two

Virgin Galactic spaceship 'Enterprise' was launched on its first test flight beneath WhiteKnightTwo Monday drawing ever closer to its maiden voyage planned for 2011/2012.

SpaceShipTwo is the most advanced commercial spaceship currently under construction. Advanced, as in, most likely to launch first.

Both SpaceShip Two and WhiteKnight Two were built by Scaled Composites, established in 1982 by Burt Rutan. They are each larger versions of the spacecraft which won the Ansari X-Prize in 2004.

SpaceShip Two will eventually launch from Spaceport America now under construction in New Mexico.

CNN has a great piece of video from the first 'captive carry' flight here.

Virgin Galactic: Richard Branson, Virgin Group, Sub- orbital Spaceflight, Space Science, Satellite, Orbital Spaceflight

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