Virgin Galactic News - VSS Enterprise Test Flight News
Wednesday 19, May 2010
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
SS2 pressurization evaluation
SS2 electrical system evaluation
SS2 avionics performance evaluation
Post-Flight cold soaked systems testing
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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