Virgin Galactic spacecraft makes 1st crewed flight

Jul 19, 2010
The Virgin Galactic suborbital spaceliner SpaceShipTwo makes its first crewed flight on July 15, 2010.

(AP) -- A company working to send tourists on suborbital flights says it has tested its spacecraft with a crew for the first time.

Virgin Galactic says the craft remained attached to a specially designed throughout a six-hour flight over California's Mojave desert Thursday.

On its website, the company congratulated the crew and said "Objectives achieved." It says the two crew members evaluated all of the spaceship's systems and functions.

Virgin Galactic says the flight test program will run through 2011 before it starts commercial operations.

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vivcollins
Jul 19, 2010
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NickFun
1 / 5 (2) Jul 19, 2010
Why would it take six hours to fly over the Mojave? I can drive it in less than two!
shockr
4.5 / 5 (2) Jul 19, 2010
Now there's a brave comment.

It doesn't say it took 6 hours to fly over the Mojave. It says it spent 6 hours flying over it. I could have been doing circles for all it matters. The fact is, they tested it with two crew personel. Previous tests to my knowledge have only had one crew member, but they have detached SpaceShipOne from White Knight and tested the 'shuttlecock' braking system.

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I stand corrected. Their test log doesn't seem to indicate a live detached test. It must have been a model test.
jerryd
not rated yet Jul 20, 2010

I like to see a 747 size one using it's wings to launch full size rockets for the space station crews, ect.. Such a craft would cut space launches by 50%