VSS Enterprise's first 'captive carry' flight! - Virgin Galactic
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Virgin Galactic announced today that VSS Enterprise has completed her inaugural captive carry flight from Mojave Air and Spaceport. This very first captive carry was a huge success and both the mothership and spaceship looked absolutely stunning against….
First flight for SpaceShipTwo - msnbc.com
Founded by Burt Rutan, Scaled developed SpaceShipOne which in 2004 claimed the $10 million Ansari X Prize as the world's first privately developed manned ...
Spaceship Makes 1st Flight Strapped to Mothership - ABC News
It's the second generation of the Burt Rutan-designed system that sent the first privately developed, manned rocket into space in 2004.
"On Monday 22nd March, 2010, Virgin Galactic announced... from x planes
"On Monday 22nd March, 2010, Virgin Galactic announced that VSS Enterprise has completed her inaugural captive carry flight.
This very first captive carry was a huge success and both the mothership and spaceship looked absolutely stunning against the blue back drop of the Mojave skies." ...
Photos: SpaceShipTwo Completes First Captive Flight - Wired
Virgin Galactic has released some details about today's first captive flight of SpaceShipTwo. The early morning flight lasted for nearly three hours and achieved an altitude of 45,000 feet. Attached to WhiteKnightTwo, the second generation spacecraft from Scaled Composites lifted off at 7:05am from the Mojave Air and Space Port.
Scaled Composites founder and legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan said it was a momentous day for the Scaled and Virgin Galactic teams.
"The captive carry flight signifies the start of what we believe will be extremely exciting and successful spaceship flight test program."
As we reported earlier, captive flights are expected to continue for SpaceShipTwo and will be followed by ...
SpaceShipTwo First Flight, Captive from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise spaceship flew for the first time Monday morning, carried in place between the twin cockpits of its mothership, Eve. The coupled aircraft took off from Mojave Air and Spaceport in California at 7:05 a.m. local time. "This is a momentous day for the Scaled and Virgin Teams," said Burt Rutan, designer of the ships and founder of Scaled Composites, which built the aircraft. "The captive-carry flight signifies the start of what we believe will be an extremely exciting and successful spaceship flight-test program." Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, said the first flight was a "major step" in his project to fly tourists into suborbital space. "Watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what beautiful, ground-breaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for us," Branson said. "The Scaled team is uniquely qualified to bring this important and incredible dream to reality. Today was another major step along that road and a testament to U.S. engineering and innovation." The first flight lasted about three hours and reached altitudes up to 45,000 feet, according to wired.com.
More about SpaceShip'sTwo first flight from RLV and Space Transport News
Additional WK2/SS2 first flight articles, picts and video:
/-- First flight for SpaceShipTwo - Cosmic Log/msnbc.com
/-- SpaceShipTwo Makes First (Captive) Flight - Wired.com
/-- WhiteKnightTwo "Eve" and SpaceShipTwo taxi home after morning... - Twitpic - Aleta Jackson
A video with clips of the takeoff and landing (via Spaceports blog):