Virgin flight of Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise

The VSS Enterprise was unveiled last December, and today flew for the first time out of Mojave Spaceport in California, as captured in the image above. “VSS Enterprise remained attached to its unique WhiteKnight Two carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, for the duration of the 2 hours 54 minutes flight, achieving an altitude of 45,000ft (13716 metres).”

The VSS Enterprise test flights will continue through 2011, progressing from “captive carry” (that’s what today’s experiment was), to “independent glide,” and then fully powered flight, before commercial operations begin.

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