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Virgin Galactic’s Enterprise Makes First Solo Glide

By / 10.12.10

No, not that Enterprise.

Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spaceship, “Enterprise”, was carried to 45,000 feet by its mothership, named George Clinton “Eve”, and released over the Mojave Desert.  Its hybrid rocket engine wasn’t turned on; instead the ship successfully glided to a landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

When it eventually enters service, Enterprise will be carried to its launch altitude by the “Eve” carrier plane before being released in mid-air. Enterprise will then ignite its single hybrid rocket engine to make the ascent to space. [BBC]

Enterprise’s first glide flight took a total of 25 minutes and was piloted by Pete Siebold and Mike Alsbury.  The ship can carry two crew and six passengers into freaking SPACE.  Tickets have already gone on pre-sale for $200,000 apiece.  370 customers have already placed deposits on a trip.  Hang on. *smashing Hello Kitty bank against the wall* Okay, who wants to loan me $199,999.64?

[Sources: 80beats, Yahoo, BBC]


TOPICSStar Trek
TAGSEnterpriseRICHARD BRANSONSpaceSPACE TRAVELVEHICLESVIRGIN GALACTIC

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