Virgin Galactic will shortly begin glide tests of the second, and significantly improved, SpaceShipTwo (SS2) suborbital vehicle after achieving almost all of its test goals during the first captive-carriage flight under the WhiteKnightTwo mothership early in September. Coming almost exactly two years after the loss of the prototype spaceplane, the short series of glide tests will gradually explore flutter and handling across a wide range of lower-speed conditions before powered flights ...

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