More Pictures of SpaceShipTwo’s Glide Flight

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SpaceShipTwo separates from WhiteKnightTwo during a glide flight on April 3, 2013. (Credit: Michael Fuchs)

MOJAVE, Calif. (Virgin Galactic PR) — SpaceShipTwo took to the skies again yesterday on a beautiful calm Mojave morning for an important test flight. This was her 24th glide flight and the 6th in-flight test of her patented feathered re-entry system. The flight test team also successfully verified SS2’s nitrous loading and venting system, another key milestone on the way to our first powered flight.

Nitrous venting from SpaceShipTwo prior to a glide flight on April 3, 2013. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
Nitrous venting from SpaceShipTwo prior to a glide flight on April 3, 2013. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Galactic’s Chief Pilot David Mackay was at the controls of the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, and Scaled’s brilliant pilot Mark Stucky was in command of the Spaceship. We’re happy to report that all of yesterday’s test objectives were successfully met.

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Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic

One of our team members captured this inspiring photo of SpaceShipTwo gliding past the Moon as she came in to land at the Mojave Spaceport after another successful test flight. This was her 24th glide flight and the 6th in-flight test of her patented feathered re-entry system. The flight also successfully verified SS2’s nitrous loading and venting system, another key milestone on the way to our first powered flight. All of the test objectives were successfully met..