Monday, April 29, 2013

Virgin Galactic Has First Rocket Test Flight

Virgin Galactic's passenger spacecraft has completed its first rocket-powered flight in a trial run described as historic by Sir Richard Branson.

SpaceShipTwo flew above California's Mojave Desert at an altitude of 56,000ft after being released from a carrier aircraft.

The rocket-powered portion of the flight lasted 10 minutes and the flight marks the start of the final stage of testing ahead of a full space flight, which is planned for the end of the year.