We're delighted to have another major milestone under our belts at Virgin Galactic, as we go through the final stages of proving our remarkable space vehicles for commercial service.

For the second time, our wonderful pilots took Virgin Galactic Spaceship Enterprise flawlessly through the  sound barrier to a higher altititude and greater speed than ever before - we travelled at over 1000 miles per hour. And of course with the vehicle's nose pointing up to the stars!

Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo September 2013

You can take a ride on board the tail of SpaceShipTwo in the stunning video above, and watch it flex its unique feather mechanism in the video below.

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo September 2013

On the way back down, the spaceship's unique re-entry system was deployed as planned. The wing and tail sections rotate upwards into what we call the feathered position, allowing the vehicle to slow its rate of descent smoothly and stably - just like a shuttlecock.

 Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo September 2013

This was one of the key feature that originally persuaded us that the overall spaceship design was uniquely fit for purpose and had effectively solved perhaps the most problematic part of manned spaceflight with reusable vehicles. It was great to see for the first time today the whole elegant system in action during a single flight, signaling how close we are to bringing our dream to reality.

 Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo September 2013

As an organisation, Virgin Galactic is now gearing up for commercial service; finalising cabin interiors, flights suits, training programs and the multiple  other details required to offer our hundreds of aspiring astronauts a safe and awe-inspiring journey. Our commercial license application has been accepted for review by the US Federal Aviation Administration and we are on track for a 2014 start of commercial service. I can't wait to get up there.

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