Virgin Galactic Test Two

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Virgin Galactic performs the second powered test of their SpaceShipTwo and test the spacecraft’s new “feather” system.

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo completed its second powered flight--flying even higher and faster than before.  The flight flew under rocket power four seconds longer than April’s test flight.  It reached Mach 1.43 speeds with an altitude of 69,000 feet.  SpaceShipTwo is 29 flights and 3 years into its testing phase to prepare for it’s inaugural sub-orbital tourist flight with 600 passengers.  Virgin Galactic tested the craft’s “feather” re-entry system, which is designed to fold the airplane in half allowing for a “fairly simple, slow speed configuration.”