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Virgin Spaceship First Powered test Flight Gets Thumbs-up From Sir Richard

Posted: May 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: World First | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Virgin Spaceship First Powered test Flight Gets Thumbs-up From Sir Richard

Virgin Space Test Flight

Virgin megaboss Sir Richard Branson is überconfident his spaceflight company has moved a giant step closer to launching commercial flights into space, after a six-passenger spaceship fired its rocket engine in flight for the first time. The powered test flight over California’s Mojave Desert lasted 16 seconds and broke the sound barrier.

Virgin Galactic is selling rides aboard SpaceShipTwo for $193,000 per person and so far more than 500 people have put down deposits. Branson and his children plan to be the first non-test pilots to ride in the spacecraft this time next year. SpaceShipTwo is based on a three-person prototype called SpaceShipOne, which in October 2004 clinched the $9.6 million Ansari X Prize for the first privately funded human spaceflights :: Read the full article »»»»