Virgin Galactic completes second glide test, rocket-powered flights next


Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft Unity comes into land during a glide test flight on May 1, 2020.

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Virgin Galactic successfully completed its second glide flight test in New Mexico on Thursday, a milestone that should set the company up to begin spaceflights next.

The company said that after it completes “an extensive data review” of the glide flight, Virgin Galactic “will start preparing for the next stage” of its flight testing program: Full rocket-powered test flights.

“I am thrilled with the team’s hard work to complete today’s test flight successfully. It was an important test that, pending data review, means we can now start preparing the vehicles for powered flight,” Virgin…


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