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Tue 23 Mar 2010 12:00 PM

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Virgin Galactic makes first test flight

Arabian Business watches Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise spaceship making its test flight in California

Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
On Monday 22nd March, 2010, Virgin Galactic announced that VSS Enterprise has completed her inaugural captive carry flight. (Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
The manned spaceship, which was unveiled to the public on December 7th last year made a test flight lasting 2 hours 54 minutes flight and achieved an altitude of 45,000ft (13716 metres). (Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
The aircraft is being developed by Scaled Composites, who won the $10m contract in 2004 to develop the world’s first privately developed manned spacecraft.(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
The vehicles are designed to carry six passengers on sub-orbital space flights, who will then be able to take part in an out-of-the-seat zero gravity experience.(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
The VSS Enterprise test flight programme will continue through 2010 and 2011. (Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Virgin Galactic makes first test flight
(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)