Virgin Galactic's rocket tests
- By Jack Preston -
- Apr 20, 2012
During this time the question being asked by many is - what exactly are the tests made up of? Well it’s been a busy week for the world’s first commercial spaceline, with WhiteKnightTwo being back in the air following an annual inspection.
WhiteKnightTwo is currently undergoing a series of test flights focussed on confirming on-going aircraft performance, qualifying new crew and providing more flying opportunities for the pilots.
There has also been successful test firing of RocketMotorTwo, Galactic’s hybrid rocket motor. The rocket performed a targeted 40 second hot fire as planned, with the duration of burn chosen to allow examination of internal geometry. For an idea of what the burning rocket looks like, check out the Virgin Galactic showreel.
For more information visit the Virgin Galactic website.