Virgin Galactic Takes you to Space (Video)

A screenshot from Virgin Galactic's video shows its SpaceShipTwo during a test flight. (Virgin Galactic)

Monday blues got you down? Intercepts is here to start your week off on a good note.

Below you’ll find video from Virgin Galactic, the space-based arm of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire. The company has been testing out its SpaceShipTwo, which will take civilian “space tourists” for a jaunt into space.

During a recent test flight, the company stuck a camera on the back of its vehicle, and the results are spectacular. Join us after the jump for more. 

 

Writes Branson in a blog post:

For the second time, our wonderful pilots took Virgin Galactic Spaceship Enterprise flawlessly through the  sound barrier to a higher altitude and greater speed than ever before – we traveled at over 1000 miles per hour. And of course with the vehicle’s nose pointing up to the stars!

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On the way back down, the spaceship’s unique re-entry system was deployed as planned. The wing and tail sections rotate upwards into what we call the feathered position, allowing the vehicle to slow its rate of descent smoothly and stably – just like a shuttlecock.

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Our commercial license application has been accepted for review by the US Federal Aviation Administration and we are on track for a 2014 start of commercial service.
You can watch the video from the tail of the shuttle here….
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… and then see what it looked like from the ground here.
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Aaron Mehta

Aaron Mehta

Air Warfare Correspondent at Defense News
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