The six-passenger, two-crew space vehicle was attached to the center of the 140-foot-span wing section between the two fuselage booms of the WK2. The WK2 will eventually carry the spacecraft to its launch point at about 50,000 feet, though it is thought this altitude will not be attempted on the first flight still underway. Monday's flight marks the start of testing that will culminate in a series of glide tests conducted from various release altitudes. The test format will build on the ...


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