Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Virgin Galactic conducts first rocket-powered test since 2014 crash

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According to Virgin Galactic, passengers float in zero gravity for several minutes during the flight, and "experience astounding views of Earth from the black sky of space", from approximately 62 miles (100 kilometres) above Earth.

Aerospace organizations from a nation away congratulated the NewSpace firm on its successful test flight.

The flight generated "valuable data on flight, motor and vehicle performance", which Virgin Galactic's engineers are now studying.

"After a few seconds, Unity's rocket motor was brought to life and the pilots aimed the spaceship upwards into an 80 degree climb, accelerating to Mach 1.87 during the 30 seconds of rocket burn", says Virgin Galactic's account of the flight. Four years ago, a previous version of SpaceShipTwo broke apart in midair during a powered test flight, killing one of two pilots.

Thursday's successful test is a milestone for Virgin Galactic's testing program and puts the company one step closer toward its goal of ferrying tourists into suborbital space.

Unity had already flown with the mothership and been released on seven test glides, but this was the first time the spacecraft had fired up its rockets and flown on its own.

That's what made today's flight test at California's Mojave Air and Space Port special: After carrying the plane and its two pilots to an altitude of about 46,500 feet, Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two mothership, known as VMS Eve, released Unity from its underbelly.

The spaceships are built by the Spaceship Company, which operates in Mojave and is a unit of Virgin Galactic.

"It also marks a key moment for the test flight programme, entering now the exciting phase of powered flight and the expansion to full duration rocket burns".

A ticket to ride the space plane now sells for $250,000. While the company celebrates that achievement, the team remains focused on the challenging tasks which still lie ahead.

Virgin Galactic also envisions a fleet operating from Spaceport America in New Mexico, and plans to offer flights for research as well as satellite deployment.

Unlike other commercial spaceflight companies, such as Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic initiates its flights without using a traditional rocket launch. A data review is next on the cards, before another flight will be carried out.

"Space feels tantalizingly close now", he added.

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