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SpaceShipTwo gets one last flight test for 2016

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo craft, VSS Unity, took its second free-flying test run today, closing off a rebuilding year for the space venture. At the start of the year, the company was still finishing up work on its second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, … Continue reading

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Second SpaceShipTwo flies free for first time

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, dubbed VSS Unity, successfully glided through its first free-flying test run today. The flight comes more than two years after the first SpaceShipTwo broke up during a rocket-powered test. The hybrid rocket engine wasn’t … Continue reading

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Winds get too wild for SpaceShipTwo

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 … Continue reading

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Second SpaceShipTwo gets off the ground

Virgin Galactic sent its second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, VSS Unity, into the air for the first time today – tucked securely beneath its WhiteKnightTwo mothership for the entire three-hour-plus flight. The captive-carry test flight, conducted from the Mojave Air and Space … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic wins license for new spaceship

Virgin Galactic says it’s received an operator license from the Federal Aviation Administration for flying its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane into outer space with commercial payloads. The craft, known as VSS Unity, has just begun on-the-ground taxi tests at California’s Mojave Air … Continue reading

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Rocket reports from Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin

In the past few weeks, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space venture and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture have both had a lot to talk about. Today, both companies delved more deeply into the nitty-gritty of getting rockets ready for flight. … Continue reading

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New SpaceShipTwo generates positive vibes

MOJAVE, Calif. – This time around, Virgin Galactic took no chances with the weather. When the first SpaceShipTwo rocket plane was rolled out and christened Virgin Spaceship Enterprise in 2009, the craft sat out in Mojave’s December chill. A windstorm ended up … Continue reading

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