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News Archive / Tagged: SpaceShipTwo

  • SpaceX not alone in 2018’s high launch rate

    Patrick AttwellJanuary 7th, 2019

    United Launch Alliance (ULA), Northrop Grumman, Rocket Lab and Virgin Galactic conducted 14 launches from the United States this past year.

  • Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity makes second powered flight

    Joe LatrellMay 29th, 2018

    Within less than two months, The SpaceShip Company has conducted a second test flight of the VSS Unity. This signals an increase in testing as the NewSpace company prepares for its first commercial flights.

  • SpaceShipTwo conducts successful test flight

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 13th, 2018

    Virgin Galactic conducted a successful test flight of the SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity vehicle on Thursday, Jan. 11. The high-speed glide test marks the seventh for VSS Unity, which reached a top speed of Mach 0.9 during the flight.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: SpaceShipOne, Government Zero – 13 years later

    Jason RhianJune 21st, 2017

    It was a heady time for the emerging NewSpace movement, Scaled Composites had sent Mike Melvill in SpaceShipOne on flight 15P up 62 miles into space. This set the stage for them to win the Ansari X-PRIZE and from there send the first tourists on suborbital hops. Or, so they hoped. Thirteen years later, the follow-on vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, has yet to send a single tourist to sub-orbit.

  • Virgin Galactic VSS Unity passes feather test

    Bart LeahyMay 2nd, 2017

    After successfully completing three glide-and-land tests at Mojave Air and Spaceport, Virgin Galactic conducted its first test of the “feather” mechanism on its second SpaceShipTwo (SS2) suborbital tourism spacecraft.

  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo successfully completes first glide flight

    Curt GodwinDecember 4th, 2016

    Fresh off the completion of its successful captive carry flight just a few days prior, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2), christened VSS Unity, took the next step in its flight certification regime by completing its first solo glide flight on Dec. 3, 2016.

  • Virgin Galactic conducts captive carry flight of SpaceShipTwo

    Jim SharkeyDecember 1st, 2016

    On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Virgin Galactic conducted the fourth test flight of its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane VSS Unity. The carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo VMS Eve, took off with VSS Unity from the runway of Mojave Air and Spaceport at 2:07 p.m. PST (22:07 GMT).

  • Video: The first captive carry test of VSS Unity

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 23rd, 2016

    Virgin Galactic recently released a video discussing the path traveled in getting VSS Unity ready for flight testing. This video, titled "Elevating Unity – Episode 1: Captive Carry", showcases The Spaceship Company and Virgin Galactic preparing for and conducting the first captive carry test the vehicle.

  • Virgin Galactic receives SpaceShipTwo operator license, starts taxi tests

    Derek RichardsonAugust 1st, 2016

    Virgin Galactic has conducted its first taxi test with the SpaceShipTwo known as VSS Unity. Combined with the recently awarded operator license by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST), the space tourism company is gearing up for a series of ground and flight evaluations.

  • One Vision: Virgin Galactic unveils ‘Unity’ to the world

    Matthew KuhnsFebruary 19th, 2016

    MOJAVE AIR AND SPACEPORT, Ca. — With all the pomp the public has come to expect from the company, Virgin Galactic has unveiled the new SpaceShipTwo, Unity, to the world. The spacecraft was revealed during a ceremony held on Feb. 19, 2016, at the Mojave Air and Spaceport.

  • Stephen Hawking to help roll out, christen SpaceShipTwo No. 2

    Joe LatrellJanuary 5th, 2016

    Virgin Galactic is almost back to conducting test flights again. SpaceShipTwo Tail No. 2 will be unveiled at a special event held at the Mojave Air and Space port. The debut is scheduled for Feb. 19, with several Virgin Galactic VIPs and the company's founder Richard Branson slated to attend.

  • Former U.S. Air Force Colonel joins Virgin Galactic as pilot

    Jason RhianNovember 9th, 2015

    Virgin Galactic issued a statement on Nov. 9, revealing it had appointed Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Latimer, U.S. Air Force, Ret., as a pilot with the NewSpace firm. Latimer is a combat veteran who has experience at NASA and Boeing – which will come in handy with the company's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft.

  • Virgin Galactic selects Nicola Pecile as new pilot

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 31st, 2015

    Virgin Galactic has announced that it has selected Nicola Pecile as the company’s new pilot. Pecile will be Virgin Galactic’s test pilot and a future astronaut with the SpaceShipTwo program. He will be transitioning from NTPS to Virgin Galactic in the autumn of this year.

  • NTSB releases report on SpaceShipTwo accident

    Collin SkocikJuly 29th, 2015

    On Oct. 31, 2014, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed near Koehn Dry Lake in California, killing co-pilot Michael Alsbury. What has followed since the time of the accident has been a detailed investigation into what caused the crash, the findings of which have now been released.

  • Virgin Galactic makes plans for new generation of SpaceShipTwo

    Collin SkocikJanuary 19th, 2015

    It has been less than ten weeks since the fatal crash that destroyed Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo which cost the life of co-pilot Michael Alsbury. Despite this setback, Virgin Galactic is already developing a test program for a replacement vehicle, and still hopes to begin tourist flights in 2016. With the setback of the crash behind it, […]