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Winds get too wild for SpaceShipTwo

White Knight Two and SpaceShipTwo
An aerial view shows the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane known as VSS Unity and its White Knight Two mothership from the rear. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Virgin Galactic had to scale back what it hoped would be its first free-flying test of VSS Unity, its second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, due to unacceptably high crosswinds.

Instead of releasing Unity for a gliding descent today, Virgin Galactic’s test pilots kept the winged craft firmly attached to its White Knight Two carrier airplane from takeoff to landing at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

In a series of tweets, the company kept its followers updated on the status of the flight, and the winds.

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By Alan Boyle

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