Virgin Galactic Spacecraft Makes 1st Crewed Flight (July 19, 2010)

Posted: July 19, 2010 by Mike Hubbartt in Space Exploration
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(Originally posted on Yahoo news at – click here. All copyrights belong to their respective owners.)

MOJAVE, California – A company working to send tourists on suborbital flights tested its spacecraft with a crew for the first time.

Virgin Galactic says the craft remained attached to a specially designed airplane throughout a six-hour flight over California’s Mojave desert Thursday.

On its website, the company congratulated the crew and said “Objectives achieved.” It says the two crew members evaluated all of the spaceship’s systems and functions.

Virgin Galactic says the flight test program will run through 2011 before it starts commercial operations.

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On a personal note, I was at Oshkosh in July of 2005 and saw SpaceShipOne at the EAA airshow. It was magnificent. I haven’t seen SpaceShipTwo in person but hope any of our blog readers that sees it and takes some photos will post them here for all to see.

For more information about SpaceShipOne, click here.

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