There was another glide test of the SpaceShipTwo vehicle today at the Mojave Air and Space Port. A source says that WhiteKnightTwo took off with the spacecraft beneath it at about 6:50 a.m. PDT. SpaceShipTwo landed about an hour later and both vehicles were back in the hangar by 8 a.m.
Writing about the flight on his blog, Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson said this was the first test flight with Virgin Galactic Chief Pilot Dave Mackay at the controls.
It was the second glide flight of SS2 this week. An earlier one took place on Tuesday. There are no flight summaries on the Scaled Composites website for today’s test, but they have posted summaries for the flight earlier in the week. Below is a combined version.
WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo Flight Summary
June 26, 2012
|Flight:||87 / GF17|
|Date:||26 Jun 12|
|WK2 Flight Time:||1.8 hr|
|SS2 Flight Time:||11 min, 22 sec|
|WK2 Pilot:||Stucky||WK2 CoPilot:||Mackay||WK2 FTE:||Morgan|
|SS2 Pilot:||Siebold||SS2 CoPilot:||Alsbury|
|GS Crew:||Tighe, Bassett, Knupp, Bourgeois, Glaser, Jaster, Bozarth, Cassebeer, M. Fuchs, Verderame, Nichols|
SS2 release mission
GF crew mission practice
All objectives achieved.
SS2 control surface flutter data collection
SS2 aero stability and control validation
RCS airborne functional test
Speed brake check
Frequency sweeps without dampers
All objectives achieved. Great return to flight!