Posts Tagged ‘virgin galactic’

SpaceShipTwo passes critical folding test

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Virgin Galactic, which has enticed 430 customers to take a suborbital ride into space, has passed a critical wing-folding drop test of SpaceShipTwo. The aircraft returns from altitude by raising its twin boom tail, creating not only drag but a stable return position in the nearly airless environment. The test proves the spaceship’s design, and now it’s on to preparations for the first commercial flight. Watch the test here.

Virgin Galactic a blast closer to space

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Update: New video link.

Virgin Galactic has passed an important milestone in its quest to blast tourists into suborbital space. The rocket motor not only works, it can be shut down at will for an emergency return to the airport if necessary. For some reason the old link was declared “private” so here is the rocket test in a new link. See it here.