Congratulations to the teams of Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites, Sierra Nevada Corp, Mojave Air & Space Port for a successful first SpaceShip Two rocket-powered flight!
Begining the test at 7.02am local time, SS2 took off from Mojave Air and Space Port and upon reaching 47,000 feet altitude and approximately 45 minutes into the flight, SS2 was released from WK2. At this point, SS2 was propelled forward and upward to a maximum altitude of 55,000 feet. The entire engine burn lasted 16 seconds, as planned. During this time, SS2 went supersonic, achieving Mach 1.2.
This is key milestone for the commercial spaceflight industry and another important step closer to opening up space for humanity.
Congratulations and we look forward to continue our tireless work on this exciting journey together!