|Date||03 Apr 13|
|SS2 Flight Time:||9 minutes|
|WK2 Flight Time:||1.7 hours|
|SS2 Pilot:||Stucky||SS2 CoPilot:||Nichols|
|WK2 Pilot:||Mackay||WK2 CoPilot:||Alsbury||WK2 FTE:||Dugué|
|GS Crew||Tighe, Bourgeois, Glaser, Knupp, Bassett, Jaster, Bozarth, Verderame, Keller, Cassebeer, Zeeb, Gould, Colby, Withrow, Kroese|
In flight nitrous vent test (on pylon)
SS2 release mission
Editor’s Note: So they did a vent of the nitrous tank during the flight, which is a fairly significant step toward powered flights. But, it was done on the pylon, which is interesting.
When the first SpaceShipTwo drop test with the engine configuration installed was conducted in December, there was a pipe that extending out through the rocket nozzle. That puzzled a lot of people in Mojave; the best guess is that it was for venting the nitrous tank.