Virgin Galactic restarts its flight test program for space tourism


Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship had its first flight test Thursday afternoon in Mojave, the first since an October 2014 crash that killed one of two test pilots.

The test for the new SpaceShipTwo, dubbed VSS Unity at its unveiling in February, was what the Long Beach aerospace startup calls a “captive carry,” in which the spaceship stays attached to its carrier WhiteKnightTwo aircraft for the entire flight.

The test flight was led by four test pilots — two in SpaceShipTwo and two on the carrier aircraft. – READ MORE

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