What does THIS have to do with " SpaceShip 2 " ?
Sir Richard is milking every possible publicity opportunity from SS2. I'll start paying attention when powered flights start happening, hopefully soon.....
Gee, now that BBC has BBC America, and Virgin has Virgin America, when will Britain apply to be the 51st, 52nd, 53rd, and 54th states?
“The sort of person we’re looking for is somebody with some decent experience—not just a few flights but some proper background in large aircraft with asymmetric thrust-handling issues,” MacKay says. “And for SpaceShip it needs to be somebody who’s been in pretty dynamic, fighter-type vehicles.”
Cue short of Darth Vader filling out forms in triplicate, then interview, then waiting by his iPhone.
spotter reports in #Mojave say SpaceShipTwo is doing a glide test flight right now
Flight: 56 / GF05Date: 22 Apr 11 Flight Time: 14 min, 31 secSS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: ShaneGS Crew: Binnie, Kelley, Bassett, Tighe, Reid, Keller, Verderame, Maisler, ZeitlinObjectives: Clean releaseEvaluate stability and controlContinued flutter envelope expansionPilot proficiencyResults:Clean release at desired altitude. Glide test objectives complete without issues.
More info and pictures of the April 22 flight of SS2 here: http://www.space.com/11472-virgin-galactic-spaceshiptwo-longest-glide-test-flight.html