Excellent Video

Great images from the latest SpaceShipTwo flight.

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1-10-14 flight click to enlarge
image:Virgin Galactic

1-10-14 flight image:Virgin Galactic

1-10-14 flight click to enlarge
image:Virgin Galactic

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I have been waiting for good video before posting on SpaceShipTwo’s 20 second burn test flight to an altitude of 69000 feet.

Here is some excellent video from the Tail-cam.

Yesterday Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo made a powered flight over the Mojave dessert. After being carried to altitude by WhiteKnightTwo it fired up the rocket engines for about 16 seconds and broke the sound barrier.
The first powered flight of Virgin Spaceship Enterprise was without any doubt, our single most important flight test to date,” said Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson, who was on the ground in Mojave to witness the occasion. “For the first time, we were able to prove the key components of the system, fully integrated and in flight. Today’s supersonic success opens the way for a rapid expansion of the spaceship’s powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by the year’s end. We saw history in the making today and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved.” – Virgin Galactic

official press release here

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“History continues to be made in the skies above the Mojave Desert. Hot on the heels of last week’s nitrous venting and feather test, SpaceShipTwo achieved another successful first today with a spectacular “Cold Flow” flight. The test objectives were successfully met, advancing another important step towards powered flight.”

Read the entire story at Virgin Galactic

LauncherOne, Virgin Galactic’s new satellite launching system is poised to enter the new commercial payload sector as an affordable alternative.

“Virgin Galactic’s goal is to revolutionize the way we get to space,” Branson said. “I’m immensely proud of what we have already achieved as we draw near to regular suborbital flights on SpaceShipTwo. Now, LauncherOne is bringing the price of satellite launch into the realm of affordability for innovators everywhere, from start-ups and schools to established companies and national space agencies. It will be a critical new tool for the global research community, enabling us all to learn about our home planet more quickly and affordably.” -Virgin Galactic

It seems that Virgin Galactic is targeting launching small satellites.

“Small satellite launch is an area ripe for disruption,” said Virgin Galactic CEOGeorge Whitesides. “Miniaturized satellite components and constrained budgets are driving commercial clients, academic users and government agencies all to clamor for an affordable, dedicated launch vehicle. Now, thanks to aabar’s investment, our existing capabilities, and the expert team we’ve already assembled, we’re prepared to fill that void by bringing LauncherOne to market.”-Virgin Galactic

LauncherOne Video:

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LauncerOne Web page

According to Richard Branson’s blog , Spaceport America officially opens today.

“The first astronauts to join us on Virgin Galactic flights will be there with us, along with our Virgin Money Australia and #spacecheetah competition winners.It promises to be a momentous occasion and another big step for our great space adventure.” – Richard Branson

Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, will serve as headquarters for Virgin Galactic operations. Located in New Mexico the spaceport is owned by New Mexico. Virgin Galactic has a 20 year lease on the facilities. The concrete runway is 200 feet wide by 10,000 feet long — nearly two miles!

Spaceport America-Terminal Hanger Facility - photo credit:Spaceport America click to enlarge

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