SpaceShipTwo makes first in-the-air firing test flight

by Thor on Apr. 29th, 2013

Edging toward space: SpaceShipTwo took a little step in getting closer to reaching space today.
Edging toward space: SpaceShipTwo took a little step in getting closer to reaching space today.Courtesy Virgin Galactic
This morning high above the Mojave Desert in California, SpaceShipTwo fired its engines in air for the first time, making its first step toward putting a commercial, tourist space craft into space. As opposed to traditional ground-fired rockets, SpaceShipTwo is carried up into the upper atmosphere by a jet plane, cut loose and then fires its engines to boost it toward space. Today's test took the craft up to 45,000 feet with its partner. The blast shoot it up to 55,000 feet for about a 10 minutes. Here is a link to video of the firing. And here is a link to our previous posts about SpaceShipTwo.

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