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Virgin Galactic Nearing Powered SpaceShipTwo Test Flights


The chief executive of Virgin Galactic said Sept. 7 that the company's second suborbital spaceplane was "at the edge" of beginning powered test flights, after at least one more glide flight. (Space.com) More More

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Virgin Galactic nearing powered SpaceShipTwo test flights - SpaceNews


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WASHINGTON — The chief executive of Virgin Galactic said Sept. 7 that the company's second suborbital spaceplane was “at the edge” of beginning powered test flights, after at least one more glide flight. George Whitesides, speaking at the 20th Annual ...

Posted on 8 September 2017 | 1:41 pm | Google News

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity completes sixth glide test - CompositesWorld


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Commercial space flight services firm Virgin Galactic (Mojave, CA, US) reported on Aug. 4 that its composites-intensive VSS Unity space craft has completed its sixth glide test — this one with propulsion systems installed but not operating — in ...

Posted on 14 August 2017 | 5:23 pm | Google News

Virgin Orbit wins LauncherOne contract for Italian smallsat - SpaceNews


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Virgin Orbit wins LauncherOne contract for Italian smallsat
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Sitael's mission will test the company's S-75 spacecraft platform and its HT100 low-power hall effect thruster. WASHINGTON ... Sitael's µHETsat, a demonstrator for a new electric propulsion system built with the European and Italian space agencies ...

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Posted on 11 August 2017 | 1:25 pm | Google News

Virgin Galactic carries out “dry run” for powered SpaceShipTwo flights - SpaceNews


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Virgin Galactic carries out “dry run” for powered SpaceShipTwo flights
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WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic performed the latest glide flight of its second SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane Aug. 4, calling it a “dry run” for upcoming powered test flights. SpaceShipTwo, carried aloft by its WhiteKnightTwo aircraft, separated ...

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Posted on 4 August 2017 | 3:34 pm | Google News

Suborbital space race? Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin will get there when they get there - SpaceNews


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Suborbital space race? Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin will get there when they get there
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When Virgin Galactic signed up Salim and the other Founders, it planned to start commercial flights in 2008 or 2009, a date that steadily slipped as SpaceShipTwo suffered from development delays. A crash during an October 2014 test ... Virgin's only ...

Posted on 14 June 2017 | 12:17 am | Google News

Virgin Galactic nears next phase of SpaceShipTwo test program - SpaceNews


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Virgin Galactic nears next phase of SpaceShipTwo test program
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SpaceShipTwo contrail SpaceShipTwo creates a contrail as it releases water during a June 1 test flight. The glide flight tested how the spacecraft's center of gravity would change during a powered flight as it consumed propellants. Credit: Virgin Galactic.
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Posted on 2 June 2017 | 5:41 am | Google News

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