Branson: SpaceShipTwo Flight Planned for Next Monday

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SpaceShipTwo Cold Flow Test
Branson tells the Las Vegas Sun that SpaceShipTwo will break the sound barrier next Monday:

That’s your Virgin Galactic project. What’s ahead for that?

We’re hoping to break the sound barrier. That’s planned Monday. It will be a historic day. This is going to be Virgin Galactic’s year. We’ll break the sound barrier Monday and from there, we build up through the rest of the year, finally going into space near the end of the year. I’ll be on the first official flight, which we look to have in the first quarter of next year. We’re doing a number of test flights into space first.

9 Responses to “Branson: SpaceShipTwo Flight Planned for Next Monday”


  1. 1 Chris Courtois

    Oh yeah… love it when they give us a date!

  2. 2 Henry Vanderbilt

    Supersonic flight… that strongly implies powered flight. First SS2 powered flight this Monday? That’ll be something to watch for.

    Anyone local watching with a timer handy, the length of the burn would be of great interest…

  3. 3 Henry Vanderbilt

    As would video of the burn, zoomed in to show at least several vehicle-length’s worth of plume.

  4. 4 Paul451

    “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” — Douglas Adams.

  5. 5 Leif Arndorff

    This is fantastic news. I sure hope it means powered flight.

  6. 6 Nickolai

    Most appropriate quote ever!

  7. 7 Richard

    Definately a powered flight, would need power to get to Mach 1. Plus Brandson actually said it would be powered early last week. http://www.news.com.au/business/companies/richard-branson-credits-margaret-thatchers-policies-with-his-success/story-fnda1bsz-1226620705133

  8. 8 Doug Messier

    Yeah, it’s the first powered flight. Since WhiteKnightTwo has no supersonic capability, they’re not going to get there by simply dropping SS2 out of the sky.

  9. 9 Douglas Messier

    Yeah, it’s the first powered flight. Since WhiteKnightTwo has no supersonic capability, they’re not going to get there by simply dropping SS2 out of the sky.

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