Despite displays by and order annoucements for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, the Farnborough International Air Show was stolen yesterday. The perpetrator was that master of showmanship Sir Richard Branson. Surrounded by fans, clients and his close family, Sir Richard announced that Virgin Galactic’s satellite launch vehicle concept dubbed would go ahead. In his press conference presentation Sir Richard noted that there was a “new race to space” going on and that it was the right to take advantage of this business opportunity.
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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo could be a single stage to suborbit vehicle using liquid chemical propulsion according to independent research carried out by a company that has been contracted by the European Space Agency
Official Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo captive carry flight video
Congrats to the “Gupmyster” on his video of the WhiteKnight Two-SpaceShipTwo first captive carry flight take-off and landing. You could have earned yourself some cash if you’d sold it to us Gupmyster!
Watch this 22s video of Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo (SS2) captive carry flight on 22 March 2010 as the WhiteKnight Twi, SS2 vehicles pass over Mojave
Hyperbola will add more as details become available but it seems that at about 07:15h Pacific Daylight Time (14:15h GMT) today Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnight Two VMS Eve carrier aircraft took off from runway 26 at Mojave air and spaceport with SpaceShipTwo attached
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) could make its first flight today, this morning California time, attached to its carrier aircraft WhiteKnight Two, aka Virgin MotherShip (VMS) Eve, if rumours reaching Hyperbola are true – multiple sources have contacted Hyperbola citing preparations and naming today as the expected first attempt
Go here for some great video of the SpaceShipTwo roll our cum unveil event taken by my Washington DC office colleague John Croft. He has a whole raft of videos with speeches made by governors Scharzenegger, Richardson and Sir Richard Branson that never made any Virgin Gaalctic video.
VIDEO: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo unveil
Virgin Galactic’s founder Sir Richard Branson, president Will Whitehorn and commercial director Stephen Attenborough at the SpaceShipTwo unveil on 7 December 2009
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