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Virgin Galactic News - VSS Enterprise Test Flight News

Wednesday 19, May 2010

 

Virgin Galactic News - VSS Enterprise Test Flight News

 

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, christened VSS Enterprise, completed her second successful captive carry flight in Mojave, California on Sunday 16th May.

 

 

WHITEKNIGHTTWO / SPACESHIPTWO TEST SUMMARIES

 

Combined Flight Test Legend:

CC = Captive Carry

L = Launch

G = Glide

P = Powered

 

Flight: WK2 Flight 27 / CC-02

Date: 16 May 10

Flight Time: 4.7 hrs

Pilot: Siebold

CoPilot: Stucky

FTE: Maisler

 

Objectives: 

SS2 pressurization evaluation

SS2 electrical system evaluation

SS2 avionics performance evaluation

SS2 approaches

Post-Flight cold soaked systems testing

 

Results:

All objectives achieved. SS2 was pressurized and powered from the mothership in flight. Peak altitude was 51,000 ft which allowed for a long cold-soak to evaluate the robustness of the hardware. A simulated Spaceship decent/glide mission was made from altitude to high key. Several approaches followed for pilot training/proficiency.

 

 

 

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