Virgin Galactic makes first test flight

Arabian Business watches Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise spaceship making its test flight in California
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On Monday 22nd March, 2010, Virgin Galactic announced that VSS Enterprise has completed her inaugural captive carry flight. (Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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The VSS Enterprise test flight programme will continue through 2010 and 2011. (Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
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(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
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(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
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(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
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(Mark Greenberg - VirginGalactic.com)
Tue 23 Mar 2010 12:00 PM GST