o The Frog Blog: VSS Enterprise First Flight

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

VSS Enterprise First Flight

Photo from New Scientist
Virgin Galactic's new "space craft", SpaceShipTwo has taken it's inaugural flight, sitting attached to its launch craft Eve. SpaceShipTwo, which has now be renamed the VSS Enterprise, reached an altitude of just under 14km. The total length of the flight was around 3 hours. This first flight will be followed by a series of further test flights in the coming years with the first commercial flights proabably nearly five years away. Then, the new ship will be able to bring passengers into the upper atmosphere, over 100km above the surface of the Earth.

2 comments:

Susan at Stony River said...

When Virgin is known for innovative out-of-the-box thinking, choosing "Enterprise" as the name for a (near)-space vehicle just seems a bit ...unimaginative.

But on that note, Happy Birthday Captain Kirk, or William Shatner, 79 years old on 22 March. Yikes I guess I'm old too then.
:-(

Humphrey Jones said...

I had the same thought, but was ultimately glad it wasn't called the Millenium Falcon!