New SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For The First Time
by Seeker.com Article
Review by Charles Mohapel
Seeker.com, Virgin Galactic, Tthe Spaceship Company News ISBN/ITEM#: CM161204VIRGIN
Date: 04 December 2016
On December 3, 2016, Virgin Galactic's new six-passenger SpaceShipTwo made its first solo flight. Named "VSS Unity", it is the replacement for the original SpaceShipTwo which was destroyed during a fatal test flight on Oct. 31, 2014.
Virgin Galactic's new six-passenger SpaceShipTwo made its first glide test over Mojave, California on Saturday.
The ship is the second in a series of commercial spaceships built for Richard Branson's space company, which is selling tickets to ride for $250,000.
The first ship, manufactured and tested by contractor Northrop Grumman's Scaled Composites, was destroyed during a fatal test flight on Oct. 31, 2014.
The new ship, named "Unity" and built by Virgin's The SpaceShip Company, previously made four flights attached to its carrier aircraft.
On Saturday, SpaceShipTwo and its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, took off at 6:49 a.m. from California's Mojave Air and Space Port, located in the Mojave Desert about 200 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
"We've got an exciting year ahead and this is just the start of it," Branson told a small group braving the 28-degree Fahrenheit temperature to watch the spaceship fly.
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