The Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise (SpaceShipTwo) today reached a new milestone: completing a manned free flight from over 45,000 feet, then gliding down to land at Mojave Air and Spaceport, in California.
During its first flight the spaceship was piloted by Pete Siebold, assisted by Mike Alsbury as co-pilot. The two main goals of the flight were to carry out a clean release of the spaceship from its mothership and for the pilots to free fly and glide back and land at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.More about today's accomplishments here.
(Photo by Mark Greenberg: VSS Enterprise glides back towards Mojave Space Port.)
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