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Online Chris Bergin

New section, so let's give this a fresh thread.

Previous threads:

Thread 1:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13744.0

Thread 2:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=35117.0

Thread 3:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=39372.0

NSF content on SS2:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=SS2

Please stay on topic and be civil at all times.

FST Edit to add:

Worth noting that years ago Richard Branson and VG used SpaceShipThree to refer to a future (aspirational) orbital vehicle. Now they use the term for a newer (under construction) variant of SpaceShipTwo. Itís that more recent meaning this thread refers to.
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #1 on: 07/26/2018 12:37 pm »
Via VG Twitter:

Our team has prepped #SpaceShipTwo for her flight test today and the vehicles are now heading to the runway

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #2 on: 07/26/2018 12:37 pm »
Photo from the upper tweet.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #3 on: 07/26/2018 12:40 pm »
From ParabolicArc: "Plan to exceed previous engine burn of 30 seconds."

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #4 on: 07/26/2018 01:47 pm »
https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/status/1022476696245686272
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Every time #VSSUnity is tested we gain invaluable experience and fresh data. Today among other things we plan to gather more data on supersonic flight, aerodynamics, as well as thermal dynamics

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #5 on: 07/26/2018 02:14 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheFavoritist/status/1022478797143064577
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SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity & WhiteKnightTwo from @virgingalactic are currently on the ramp preparing for todayís early morning test flight. The views are spectacular!

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #6 on: 07/26/2018 02:17 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheFavoritist/status/1022485173466611712
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One more view of @virgingalacticís #VSSUnity! Iím now at the cafe waiting for its takeoff.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #7 on: 07/26/2018 02:54 pm »
https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/status/1022492575750647810
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As on all test flights, Unityís cabin is equipped to gather vital data. Cabin analysis systems help us understand the environment inside during powered flight, including: temperatures, pressures, humidity, acoustics, thermal response, vibration, acceleration & radiation

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #8 on: 07/26/2018 03:47 pm »
https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/status/1022508277496594437
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There she goes! #VMSEve & #VSSUnity have taken to the skies

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #9 on: 07/26/2018 03:58 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheFavoritist/status/1022510330386165760
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.@virgingalacticís WhiteKnightTwo has departed KMHV carrying SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity for itís powered test flight this morning.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #10 on: 07/26/2018 04:00 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheSpaceshipCo/status/1022510685454983168
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Today is the 14th flight for VSS Unity #SpaceShipTwo, 252nd for VMS Eve #WhiteKnightTwo

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #11 on: 07/26/2018 04:46 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheSpaceshipCo/status/1022523222871433216
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VSS Unity is flying free, having separated cleanly from VMS Eve #SpaceShipTwo #WhiteKnightTwo

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #12 on: 07/26/2018 04:47 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheSpaceshipCo/status/1022523394120667137
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VSS Unityís rocket motor has been ignited for todayís planned partial duration burn. Pointing upwards and accelerating fast

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #13 on: 07/26/2018 04:49 pm »
https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/status/1022523876432076802
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Pilots have shut down rocket motor and tail-booms are about to be raised into the #SpaceShipTwo ďfeatheredĒ re-entry position

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #14 on: 07/26/2018 04:56 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheFavoritist/status/1022525104776011776
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.@virgingalactic SpaceShipTwo #VSSUnity under powered flight speeding toward the edge of earthís atmosphere.
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #15 on: 07/26/2018 05:04 pm »
Doesn't seem like it was a very long burn, at least from tweet times.
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #16 on: 07/26/2018 05:06 pm »
Doesn't seem like it was a very long burn, at least from tweet times.
It's a very fuzzy measurement, but it does seem like it wasn't much if any longer than the last flight. Can anyone there say actual duration?

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #17 on: 07/26/2018 05:06 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheSpaceshipCo/status/1022526627358502913
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Touch down. Another successful test flight for VSS Unity. Congratulations to our pilots Dave Mackay and Mike 'Sooch' Masucci

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« Reply #18 on: 07/26/2018 05:09 pm »
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#VSSUnity from @virgingalactic touches down just minutes after itís powered flight over Mojave.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #19 on: 07/26/2018 05:38 pm »
https://twitter.com/TheFavoritist/status/1022535040213762048
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WhiteKnightTwo makes itís approach after dropping #VSSUnity for a powered test flight this morning.

 

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