Behold! Luke, Obi-Wan and the Droids Arrive in Mos Eisley

Photo & Droid Credit: M. McMaster
Photo & Droid Credit: M. McMaster

Banned from the Voyager Restaurant because it doesn’t serve “their kind” there, R2-D2 wandered out on the tarmac at Mos Eiseley Spaceport on Thursday to check out WhiteKnightTwo, which had just returned from releasing SpaceShipTwo on another glide flight.

SpaceShipTwo lands after a successful feathered training flight. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
SpaceShipTwo lands after a successful feathered training flight. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Meanwhile, SpaceShipTwo test pilot Brian Binnie was out at the big airshow in Oshkosh last week talking up how awesome it’s going to be when the ship actually starts flying into space. He was also sticking to the script as to the flight test schedule.

“You get to ride a rocket, experience the uplifting freedom of weightlessness, and see this magnificent view – the black void of space and the electric blue ribbon of light that is the atmosphere.

“Re-entry is another special sequence of events that happens right on the heels of everything else,” he says. “Just when you think you’re getting used to one aspect of flight, it changes dramatically. It keeps you off-balance the whole way and when you settle back down to the runway after an hour and an half, you are a changed person.”

“SpaceShipTwo is going through its powered test flight trials, and hopefully, by the end of the year, we will have worked through those flights,” Binnie said.

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