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 Первый полет космического корабля SpaceShipTwo

Компания Virgin Galactic успешно провела первое летное испытание космического корабля для туристов SpaceShipTwo над пустыней Мохаве.

Полет шестиместного VSS Enterprise, присоединенного к самолету-носителю, длился 2 часа 54 минуты. По словам разработчиков, тестовые полеты космического корабля SpaceShipTwo будут осуществляться до 2011 года. Если все пройдет по плану, в 2012 году в космос полетят первые туристы.

The VSS Enterprise test flight programme will continue though 2010 and 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent glide and then powered flight, prior to the start of commercial operations.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic added: Seeing the finished spaceship in December was a major day for us but watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what beautiful, ground-breaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for us. It comes as no surprise that the flight went so well; the Scaled team is uniquely qualified to bring this important and incredible dream to reality. Today was another major step along that road and a testament to US engineering and innovation.


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