Press Release

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds Virgin Galactic’s Second Powered Flight

By SpaceRef Editor
September 5, 2013
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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates the entire Virgin Galactic team on their second powered flight of SpaceShipTwo from the Mojave Air & Spaceport today. This marked the 29th test of the vehicle and the second rocket-powered flight. The rocket motor burn duration and vehicle altitude and speed targets were all met.

“The continued successful outcomes of these powered flight tests are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams at Virgin Galactic,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “As the testing phase of SpaceShipTwo and many of the other vehicles progress, we come one step closer to frequent access to space, and the game-changing potential it holds. CSF congratulates the teams at Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites, Sierra Nevada Space Systems and the Mojave Air & Space Port for their success, and we look forward to many more.”

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The CSF’s member companies – which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers and service providers – are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. For more information please visit www.commercialspaceflight.org or contact Executive Director Alex Saltman at saltman@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.347.1096.

SpaceRef staff editor.