Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo performs second “glide test”


Virgin Galactic’s repeatedly delayed plans for commercial space flights are coming closer, after the company completed another flight test at its headquarters in Spaceport America in New Mexico. The VSS Unity left its mother ship again at around 50,000 feet, but went a little faster this time and reached speeds of Mach 0.85.

CEO George Whitesides said in a statement, “This was an important test which, pending review of the data, means that we can now begin to prepare the vehicles for powered flight. Our objective for this year remains unchanged: to ensure that the vehicles and our operations are prepared for long-term commercial space flight service. “


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