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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo makes first glide test flight

On December 3, 2016, Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew freely for the first time. This important test marks the first time that a vehicle built by the company’s manufacturing organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control.

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First flight for the Stratos VLJ

Stratos 714 aircraft makes its first flight, during which the aircraft climbed to approximately 3,700ft above the ground and limited its speed to just 128kts.

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Successful first glide flight test for VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship, VSS Unity, successfully completed its first free flight on December 3. The important test flight marked the first time that a vehicle built by Virgin Galactic’s sister organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control. more...


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