VSS Enterprise in flight
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic said in a statement, "Seeing the finished spaceship in December was a major day for us, but watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what beautiful, groundbreaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for us," referring to Burt Rutan, whose company Scaled Composites built the spacecraft. "It comes as no surprise that the flight went so well," 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 VSS Enterprise test flights will continue though 2010 and 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent glide and then powered flight, prior to the start of commercial operations, which are currently planned for late 2011 or 2012.
March 22, 2010 3:39 PM PDT
Photo by: Mark Greenberg
| Caption by: James Martin
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