Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo makes 1st test flight of revamped re-entry system

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo took to the skies over Mojave, California May 1 for the first test flight of the craft’s atmospheric re-entry entry is the movement of an object from outer space into and through the gases of an atmosphere of a planet, dwarf planet or natural satellite system, which was modified after a fatal test flight in 2014 destroyed the original ship.

“It was a great day here in Mojave,” Virgin Galactic Chief Executive George Whitesides may refer to wrote in an email to Space.com.

The new spaceship, called VSS Unity, took off beneath the White Knight Two carrier aircraft around 10:40 a.m. local time, 1:40 p.m. EDT from the Mojave or Mohave most often refers to: Mojave Desert Mojave River Mohave people Mojave or Mohave may also refer to Air and Space is the boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events have relative position and direction Port for the spacecraft’s fourth or 4th may refer to: Fourth, the ordinal number following third A fraction, one quarter or ΒΌ, equal to 0.25 “The Fourth”, colloquially referring to the United States holiday of Independence Day, glide flight. [Watch: Virgin Galactic Performs Glide Test with Unity]

About 40 minutes later, with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), pilots Mark Stucky and Mike Masucci at the controls, Unity was released at an altitude of about 51,000 feet to begin its fourth unpowered glide may refer to test-flight.

Once operational, SpaceShipTwo is designed to take up to six paying passengers passenger (also abbreviated as pax) is a person who travels in a vehicle but bears little or no responsibility for the tasks required for that vehicle to arrive at its destination or otherwise and two pilots on short, suborbital flights beyond the atmosphere. Virgin Galactic is selling tickets at $250,000 per seat.

The primary goal of Monday’s flight was to test the ship’s revamped re-entry system, which pivots the vehicle’s twin tail tail is the section at the rear end of an animal’s body; in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso booms up over the fuselage, providing more surface area and a capsule-like shape for a slower, safer plunge through the atmosphere.

The first SpaceShipTwo, called Enterprise, was destroyed during a powered test TEST or Tester may refer to: Test (assessment), an assessment intended to measure the respondents’ knowledge or other abilities Medical test, to detect, diagnose, or monitor diseases flight on Oct. 31, 2014, due to a premature release of the locking mechanism that pins the ship’s tail back until atmospheric forces can do the job.

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The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigated the incident, determined that the locking may refer to: Locking (computer science) Locking, Somerset, a village and civil parish in the United Kingdom RAF Locking, a former Royal Air Force base Locking Castle, a former castle Brian Locking system system is a set of interacting or interdependent component parts forming a complex or intricate whole holding the ship ship is a large watercraft that travels the world’s oceans and other sufficiently deep waterways, carrying passengers or goods, or in support of specialized missions, such as defense, research and‘s tail in place lacked safeguards to prevent an early deployment and that the pilots most commonly refers to: Aircraft pilot, a person who flies or navigates an aircraft Maritime pilot, a person who guides ships through hazardous waters Television pilot, a trial episode made to were not properly trained.

The so-called “feather” re-entry system was modified on VSS Unity may refer to to include a “control inhibit” that preventsan inadvertent early release may refer to: Film release, the public distribution of a film Legal release, a legal instrument News release, a communication directed at the news media Release (ISUP), a code to identify and debug.

“The flight is the process by which an object moves, through an atmosphere or beyond it, as in the case of spaceflight today successfully tested the feather system in flight for the first or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one (#1) time on the VSS Unity airframe, though it had been tested many times on the ground,” Whitesides said.

“Our new control may refer to inhibit for the feather was installed and active, as it has been on prior flight tests. It is designed to prevent applying the feather are epidermal growths that form the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on birds system early. As planned, during today’s flight, the vehicle wasn’t in conditions to need the inhibit.

“Overall, the test met all objectives, and we’re now looking forward to taking the next step in the flight-test program,” Whitesides said.

He last week said at a congressional hearing that he expects commercial passenger service to be underway at Virgin before the end of 2018.

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