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Technology Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo completes a second 'glide test'

07:50  26 june  2020
07:50  26 june  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Virgin Galactic's spaceship flies from its new home base for the first time

  Virgin Galactic's spaceship flies from its new home base for the first time The pieces are finally starting to come together for Virgin Galactic’s space tourism — the company has flown SpaceShipTwo from Spaceport America for the first time. It was just a glide test from 50,000 feet up, but the flight let the spaceport fulfill its intended purpose and gave pilots familiarity with the New Mexico airspace. This will also help Virgin compare performance against similar maneuvers from earlier tests. And before you ask: yes,And before you ask: yes, Virgin took steps to keep crews safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reworked operational elements to keep people apart, and required “universal” mask usage.

Update: Virgin Galactic has postponed the glide test portion of today' s flight due to strong winds. The VSS Unity has landed safely, and the company plans Virgin Galactic representatives announced the test this morning. If weather permits, the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity will be carried to drop altitude by

Virgin Galactic ' s SpaceShipTwo aced its third unpowered free flight Friday, a glide test that marked the first time at 24), a glide test that marked the first time at the new space plane' s controls for one former NASA astronaut. The VSS Unity, as the second SpaceShipTwo is called, took to the sky from

Virgin Galactic’s repeatedly-delayed plans for commercial spaceflight are drawing closer, after the company completed another glide test at its Spaceport America HQ in New Mexico. The VSS Unity once again released from its mothership at about 50,000 feet, but went a bit faster this time and reached speeds of Mach 0.85.

a fighter jet sitting on top of a runway: SpaceShipTwo Unity Released From VMS Eve for Second Glide Flight in New Mexico SpaceShipTwo Unity Released From VMS Eve for Second Glide Flight in New Mexico

CEO George Whitesides said in a statement that “It was an important test that, pending data review, means we can now start preparing the vehicles for powered flight. Our focus for this year remains unchanged on ensuring the vehicles and our operations are prepared for long-term, regular commercial spaceflight service.”

Virgin Orbit sets first orbital launch for May 24

  Virgin Orbit sets first orbital launch for May 24 Virgin Orbit has been preparing for this moment for years, but it's now officially ready to launch its small satellite delivery vehicle to orbit for the first time. Virgin Orbit has been preparing for this moment for years, but it's now officially ready to launch its small satellite delivery vehicle to orbit for the first time. This key demonstration mission, taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California, will replicate the actual operational launch experience that Virgin Orbit hopes to provide its customers going forward.

— Virgin Galactic ' s private SpaceShipTwo space plane, built to fly space tourists on suborbital thrill rides, successfully flew its latest glide test over the The SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, dubbed the VSS Enterprise, performed the glide test with a glossy new coating on its twin aft-mounted tail booms.

Virgin Galactic ' s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft carries 6 passengers and 2 pilots. [Photos: SpaceShipTwo Makes First Glide Flight]. "Looks like another good day for the Scaled team as we move through the test program," said George Whitesides, president and CEO of Virgin Galactic .

Virgin Galactic will livestream its SpaceShipTwo cabin reveal on July 28th .
We’ve seen photos of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in flight, and we know what its Under Armour spacesuits will look like. Next, Virgin Galactic will offer a glimpse of the spaceship’s cabin. On July 28th, at 1pm ET, the company will host a live-streamed unveiling of the cabin, complete with a virtual walkthrough. According to Virgin Galactic, the cabin interior is “the design centerpiece” of the SpaceShipTwo. Supposedly, it will quietly absorb “periods of sensory intensity,” which we assume means the extreme turbulence you’ll experience when you’re blasted into space. Given that Virgin Galactic is targeting space tourists, that level of comfort will be important.

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