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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #280 on: 09/06/2017 02:15 PM »
You can find some updates regarding Space Ship Two in my post about the BBC show The 21st Century Race for Space in this thread.

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43647

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #281 on: 09/07/2017 05:31 PM »
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Whitesides: Virgin Galactic is “still trucking away”, getting close to powered flight of second SpaceShipTwo.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/905841646868291585

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Whitesides: have a “very small number” of glide flights of SS2 left before starting powered flights.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/905841985075937280

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Whitesides: done with engine testing of SS2’s hybrid rocket motor. It’s the most advanced hybrid rocket motor ever built.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/905842374101872644

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Whitesides: building two more SpaceShipTwos right now; recently bonded the cabin for one of them.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/905842842836271105

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Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #282 on: 09/07/2017 07:00 PM »
In that documentary I mention above I am sure it's one of these two that is seen being worked on & Brian Cox does some 'presenter construction' on.

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Whitesides: we’ll start commercial service when done with test flight program. Whenever I release a date, the journalists…[voice trails off]
6:33 pm · 7 Sep 2017

https://mobile.twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/905846565834817536
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #283 on: 09/08/2017 06:54 PM »
Write-up of George Whitesides' remarks yesterday:

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Virgin Galactic nearing powered SpaceShipTwo test flights
by Jeff Foust — September 8, 2017

http://spacenews.com/virgin-galactic-nearing-powered-spaceshiptwo-test-flights/

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #284 on: 09/24/2017 09:57 PM »
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Richard Branson tells sailors aiding disaster relief in BVI that he thinks he’ll go to space “by April next year."
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4914212/Sir-Richard-Branson-tours-HMS-Ocean-thank-sailors-hurricane-relief-effort.html

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/912066812061163520

That 'not giving out dates' resolution contrinues to not hold up too well!
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #285 on: 09/26/2017 07:38 AM »
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What's next for @virgingalactic?  Glide flight tests, powered flight to space & moving operations to New Mexico. #IAC2017
https://twitter.com/spacechelle/status/912531491288113152

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Richard DalBello (a late add to panel) gives quick overview of Virgin Galactic SS2; hopes ops move to Spaceport America next year. #IAC2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/912531628676726784

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #286 on: 09/26/2017 06:53 PM »
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George Whitesides is giving an invited talk for @virgingalactic at NSRC-2017.

https://twitter.com/nsrc2017/status/912742877264072706

NSRC 2017 is Dec 18 - 20, so hopefully an interesting point in SS2 testing - after first powered flight with new engine?

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #287 on: 09/29/2017 04:19 PM »


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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #288 on: 09/29/2017 08:31 PM »
From the video Branson has decided to call his women employees 'wenches'. Will their mothers approve?

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #289 on: 09/29/2017 08:44 PM »
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Richard Branson tells sailors aiding disaster relief in BVI that he thinks he’ll go to space “by April next year."
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4914212/Sir-Richard-Branson-tours-HMS-Ocean-thank-sailors-hurricane-relief-effort.html

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/912066812061163520

That 'not giving out dates' resolution contrinues to not hold up too well!

To put it simply, the last glide test was almost two months ago... A gap appears to be looming in VG tests.

If a new glide test occurs in early October (which I doubt), powered flights could start theoretically in November. But spaceflight until the end of 2017? Not likely at all.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #290 on: 09/30/2017 02:14 AM »
In lieu of an actual test flight, enjoy this fine promotional video of our awesome people building our awesome ship that will go to space some day.  It's been eight weeks since the last glide test. Unusually long time if as they claimed things have been going well.

Friday was the 13th anniversary of SpaceShipOne's first Ansari X Prize flight. The second occurred on Oct. 4. Branson announced Virgin Galactic a couple days before the first Ansari flight, so the program has now entered its 14th year.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #291 on: 09/30/2017 08:52 AM »
In lieu of an actual test flight, enjoy this fine promotional video of our awesome people building our awesome ship that will go to space some day.  It's been eight weeks since the last glide test. Unusually long time if as they claimed things have been going well.

Friday was the 13th anniversary of SpaceShipOne's first Ansari X Prize flight. The second occurred on Oct. 4. Branson announced Virgin Galactic a couple days before the first Ansari flight, so the program has now entered its 14th year.

Guess you’re one of those glass half empty kind of people.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #292 on: 09/30/2017 03:35 PM »
In lieu of an actual test flight, enjoy this fine promotional video of our awesome people building our awesome ship that will go to space some day.  It's been eight weeks since the last glide test. Unusually long time if as they claimed things have been going well.

Friday was the 13th anniversary of SpaceShipOne's first Ansari X Prize flight. The second occurred on Oct. 4. Branson announced Virgin Galactic a couple days before the first Ansari flight, so the program has now entered its 14th year.

Guess you’re one of those glass half empty kind of people.
HALF empty?!
« Last Edit: 09/30/2017 04:01 PM by meekGee »
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #293 on: 10/05/2017 06:58 PM »
In lieu of an actual test flight, enjoy this fine promotional video of our awesome people building our awesome ship that will go to space some day.  It's been eight weeks since the last glide test. Unusually long time if as they claimed things have been going well.

Friday was the 13th anniversary of SpaceShipOne's first Ansari X Prize flight. The second occurred on Oct. 4. Branson announced Virgin Galactic a couple days before the first Ansari flight, so the program has now entered its 14th year.

Guess you’re one of those glass half empty kind of people.

They've spent 13 years and hundreds of millions on a dead end technology that's dangerous and just doesn't scale. It sucks, but it's reality.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #294 on: 10/10/2017 03:21 PM »
Richard Branson says he will be in space within six months

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Speaking at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki, Finland last week, Mr Branson said: “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space, maybe six months before I'm in space.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/richard-branson-space-flight-exploration-mission-6-months-virgin-unity-a7992266.html

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #295 on: 10/10/2017 03:41 PM »
Richard Branson says he will be in space within six months

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Speaking at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki, Finland last week, Mr Branson said: “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space, maybe six months before I'm in space.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/richard-branson-space-flight-exploration-mission-6-months-virgin-unity-a7992266.html
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #296 on: 10/11/2017 06:17 AM »
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Former NASA shuttle commander/our pilot CJ Sturckow with @VP & Karen Pence during #Mojave visit @TheSpaceshipCo @GOPLeader
https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/status/917923905867726849

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Ret Lieutenant Colonel/our pilot Kelly Latimer with @VP during #Mojave visit @TheSpaceshipCo @GOPLeader
https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/status/917924115909971973

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.@VP @secondlady and @GOPLeader inspect cabin for new spaceship @virgingalactic #Mojave
https://twitter.com/thespaceshipco/status/917924381061365760
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #297 on: 10/12/2017 03:47 PM »
Hmm, I fear Richard Branson is going to be disappointed again ...

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#ISPCS2017 Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses updating flight test status and showing two more space ships in production
https://twitter.com/waynehale/status/918499716593106944

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Why the 2+ gap in flights?
https://twitter.com/spacecom/status/918501697940369409

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Many technical issues apparently
https://twitter.com/waynehale/status/918502067328630784

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #298 on: 10/12/2017 05:44 PM »
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@virgingalactic has 700+ customers from 58 countries, president Mike Moses says. Powered flight testing begins late 2017. #ISPCS2017

https://twitter.com/justinbachman/status/918503799743844352

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (3)
« Reply #299 on: 10/12/2017 06:15 PM »
Maybe Branson won't be getting his astronaut wings when he takes that flight in April...

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Mike Moses confirms initial @virgingalactic #unity flights will not reach Karman line due to added safety mass, will reach it eventually
https://twitter.com/fiaanaut/status/918502685174849536

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