SpaceShipTwo Completes Another Glide Test in Mojave


Editor’s Note: This sounds like another training flight to get Virgin Galactic Chief Pilot David Mackay up to speed on flying SpaceShipTwo. They conducted a pilot training glide flight two weeks ago with Mackay aboard.

SpaceShipTwo was spotted outside last night attached to its WhiteKnightTwo mother ship without a rocket engine nozzle attached. Scaled employees were also seen moving an engine around the spaceport under a tarp earlier this week.

So, rumors of another engine test with SpaceShipTwo this week appear to be incorrect. If they are doing anything with the engine, it’s probably another static hot fire on the test stand. However, there have been no reports of such tests this week.

  • therealdmt

    Of course they’re a privately owned company and don’t have to say anything, but they sure promote any good news (as they should, to generate bookings and prevent cancelations). It would be nice if they’d keep the information loop a bit more open when things aren’t going quite so swimmingly. The point: I think everyone would like to know what’s up with the envelope expanding powered flight tests they told us about.

    Oh well…