Monday, January 17, 2011


''SpaceShipTwo, designed and built by the Mojave-based company Scaled Composites, was released from its huge mothership a little after 8 a.m. local time today (Jan. 13) and soared in glide mode back to Earth to a runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The high-altitude flight did not reach space, but was the fourth in a series of demonstration flights ahead of an actual suborbital spaceflight test.'' [source]

''Spaceport America, a facility under construction in New Mexico, is to be home base for Virgin Galactic, giving pay-for-view passengers face time with space. From here, round-trip treks to the edge of space will take place. Overall completion of the spaceport is at 75 percent and the terminal/hangar is some 30 percent built.

Buoyed by progress to date on SpaceShipTwo and its carrier plane WhiteKnightTwo, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, said during Oct. 22 runway dedication festivities here: "The last few weeks have been some of the most exciting in Virgin Galactic's development. Our spaceship is flying beautifully and will soon be making powered flights, propelled by our new hybrid rocket motor, which is also making excellent progress in its own test program."
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