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SpaceShipTwo Flies Again 22

schwit1 writes "The competition heats up: For the first time in six months SpaceShipTwo completed a test flight [Tuesday]." The article linked is from NBC, which also has a deal with Virgin Galactic to televise the first commercial flight. It is thus in their interest to promote the spacecraft and company. The following two sentences from the article however clearly confirm every rumor we have heard about the ship in the past year, that they needed to replace or completely refit the engine and that the resulting thrust might not be enough to get the ship to 100 kilometers or 62 miles: "In January, SpaceShipTwo blasted off for a powered test and sailed through a follow-up glide flight, but then it went into the shop for rocket refitting. It's expected to go through a series of glide flights and powered flights that eventually rise beyond the boundary of outer space (50 miles or 100 kilometers in altitude, depending on who's counting)." Hopefully this test flight indicates that they have installed the new engine and are now beginning flight tests with equipment that will actually get the ship into space.
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SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

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  • by Seraphim1982 ( 813899 ) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @12:05AM (#47572075)

    No I didn't.

    I did notice one part of the summary where they converted 100 km to 62 miles, and another where they noted that different groups define the edge of space differently, with some using 100 km as the boundary and others using 50 miles. However, at no point did I note someone trying to equate 100 km to 50 miles. Can you point it out for me?

  • Re:Glide test? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 31, 2014 @11:46AM (#47574761)

    The tests uncovered the fact that their initial motor design was a dud. Vibrations, instabilities... it would have torn the whole thing apart had they burned it full duration.

    So they had to make a completely new engine. This is the first glide test with the modified SS2.

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