Virgin Galactic will attempt the first rocket-powered atmospheric flight tests of SpaceShipTwo (SS2) “toward the end of the year” following the granting of an experimental launch permit by FAA. The permit was approved for powered flight tests by Scaled Composites, developer of the SS2 and its WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, from the company’s Mojave, Calif., facility. Virgin Galactic says that “with 80 test flights completed, WhiteKnightTwo is substantially through its test plan, while ...


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