Flight test for Virgin's replacement rocket plane

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Flight test for Virgin's replacement rocket plane

#1  Postby DougC » Sep 12, 2016 11:32 pm

Previously, on RS.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37317990

B.B.C. Article
Virgin Galactic has flown its new rocket plane for the first time in a “captive-carry test” above California.
The vehicle, known as Unity, replaces the one that crashed in 2014, killing one of its pilots.
In the captive-carry test, the rocket plane was carried to altitude by its mothership, Eve, to acquire data on aerodynamic performance.
Further such demos will be performed before Unity is dropped and allowed to fire its engine to get into space.
It will be an extended programme, however.

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