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Virgin Galactic conducts second SpaceShipTwo flight from Spaceport America
Posted: Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 7:17 PM ET (2317 GMT)
SpaceShipTwo glide flight, 2020 June 25 (Virgin Galactic) Virgin Galactic says it's ready to resume powered test flights of SpaceShipTwo after a successful glide test Thursday. The flight was the second of the vehicle at Spaceport America in New Mexico, and the suborbital vehicle flew at a higher speed during its descent to test how the vehicle handles at conditions closer to that during powered flight. The company said after the test that, pending a review of data, it should be ready to move into powered flights of the vehicle. SpaceShipTwo last conducted a powered flight in February 2019, when its hybrid rocket motor boosted it to an altitude of more than 80 kilometers. Since then the company focused on outfitting the cabin and making other vehicle modifications. Virgin Galactic reiterated its goal this year is to get ready for commercial flights.
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