Science and Exploration

SpaceShipTwo Supersonic Flight

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
September 5, 2013
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SpaceShipTwo Supersonic Flight
SpaceShipTwo in flight today.
MARS Scientific.

Today, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2).
In addition to achieving the highest altitude and greatest speed to date, the test flight demonstrated the vehicle’s full technical mission profile in a single flight for the first time, including a high altitude deployment of the unique wing “feathering” re-entry mechanism. All of the test objectives were successfully completed.

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