SpaceShipTwo Glides Again

SpaceShipTwo glides downward on its first test flight. (Photo: Mark Greenberg)

SpaceShipTwo made its sixth glide test (and second in five days) in Mojave on Wednesday in a sign that the flight test program is speeding up.

Flight: 57 / GF06
Date:27 Apr 11Flight Time:16 min, 7 sec
SS2 Pilot:StuckySS2 CoPilot:Alsbury
GS Crew:Binnie, Kelley, Bassett, Tighe, Reid, Glaser, Inks, Verderame, Maisler, Knupp

Evaluate stability and control
Continued flutter envelope expansion
Pilot proficiency

Clean release at desired altitude. Glide test objectives complete without issues.