Today's test puts Virgin back on track toward Branson's goal of shuttling paying tourists on short trips into suborbital space.
"The flight has generated valuable data on flight, motor and vehicle performance which our engineers will be reviewing", Virgin said in a statement on the company's web page.
Virgin Galactic made a major leap forward in its aerospace ambitions this week. The spaceship reached 25,000 metres before making a smooth runway landing, the company said. The successful test comes nearly four years after a fatal accident on an earlier version of the spaceship (See:Virgin Galactic space craft crashes in California, killing pilot during test flight). Although the VSS Unity has previously done many glide tests, this was the first time its rocket motor was turned on.
VSS Unity benefits from all the data and lessons gathered from the test program of her predecessor vehicle, VSS Enterprise. This unique design feature, which is key to a reliable and repeatable re-entry capability for a winged vehicle, incorporates the additional safety mechanisms adopted after the 2014 VSS Enterprise test flight accident.
A reusable space plane created to carry two pilots and up to six passengers (or research payloads) into suborbital space, the SS2 is Virgin Galactic's means for "transforming access to space", for paying customers and researchers, according to the company's vision statement. Successful powered flight, Mach 1.6.
Since then, Virgin Galactic has moved spaceplane building duties in-house and VSS Unity was built by the Spaceship Co., which operates at the Mojave Air & Space Port. "While we celebrate that achievement, the team remains focused on the challenging tasks which still lie ahead", the company stated in a release issued after the flight.
Spider-Man PS4 Not Coming to Xbox One
Sony Interactive Entertainment and Insomniac Games have announced that Spider-Man will swing to the PlayStation 4 on September 7. Furthermore, Insomniac Games has discovered that the release date reveal will occur today within a pleasant and welcoming tweet.
It marks the fourth different time that the UFC has tried, and failed, to book Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov. Max Holloway will enter this last-minute UFC 223 main event title fight on a 12-fight win-streak.
The 28-year-old hobbled back towards his family before collecting his ball from the hole, and later went to hospital for an x-ray. He is expected to have an MRI on his ankle Thursday and plans to be ready for his 12:43 p.m. tee time, according to ESPN .
Behind this front temperatures are going to drop throughout the day on Saturday falling into the mid 50s during the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly fair and not as cold as last night; most places will see a low in the 40s early tomorrow morning.
Doctors who've examined his body say there's no evidence of trauma or foul play, and they believe the cause of death is drowning. Police previously called his disappearance unusual but said there had been no indications of attack on Cunningham.
King Edward VII is the private hospital of choice for the royal family and has been treating members of the monarchy for decades. The palace said Philip entered King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday afternoon and will have surgery Wednesday.
Dallet defeated conservative Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock by an 11.5-percent margin, based on unofficial results. Scott Walker speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2017.
Macron wants to transform SNCF, which adds €3 billion to its 47 billion euro debt pile each year, into a profit-maker. A majority of French people view the strikes as unjustified, according to an Ifop poll published on Sunday.
The second followed the same pattern as Parker was active but with Joshua landing with the heavier hooks. Speaking afterwards, Parker told Sky Sports: "Today I got beaten by a better champion".
Duterte shuts 'cesspool' tourist isle for six months
The government will provide "alternative and temporary" livelihood support to the workers who will be affected by the shutdown. Philippine tourism stakeholders had previously warned that closing Boracay would damage the whole of the country's tourism.
China Retaliates, Slaps Duties On US Soybeans, Beef
That has provoked anger in China , while there are doubts that the tariffs will succeed in changing Beijing's behaviour. Farm Belt, where voters supported President Donald Trump , according to people familiar with the plans for retaliation.
Ravens sign RG3 to one-year contract
In signing with the Ravens, Griffin is getting another shot at making it as an NFL QB, if only as a backup. The Baltimore Ravens made a big announcement on Wednesday during their pre-draft press conference.
Lockheed Martin wins NASA Contract worth almost $250 Million
The design of the airplane is meant to reduce the "sonic boom" to a thump or a double-thump by the time it reaches the ground. Today, the agency announced their decision to award a development contract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (LMAC).