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
SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity & WhiteKnightTwo from @virgingalactic are currently on the ramp preparing for todayís early morning test flight. The views are spectacular!
One more view of @virgingalacticís #VSSUnity! Iím now at the cafe waiting for its takeoff.
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
There she goes! #VMSEve & #VSSUnity have taken to the skies
.@virgingalacticís WhiteKnightTwo has departed KMHV carrying SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity for itís powered test flight this morning.
Today is the 14th flight for VSS Unity #SpaceShipTwo, 252nd for VMS Eve #WhiteKnightTwo
VSS Unity is flying free, having separated cleanly from VMS Eve #SpaceShipTwo #WhiteKnightTwo
VSS Unityís rocket motor has been ignited for todayís planned partial duration burn. Pointing upwards and accelerating fast
Pilots have shut down rocket motor and tail-booms are about to be raised into the #SpaceShipTwo ďfeatheredĒ re-entry position
.@virgingalactic SpaceShipTwo #VSSUnity under powered flight speeding toward the edge of earthís atmosphere.
Doesn't seem like it was a very long burn, at least from tweet times.
Touch down. Another successful test flight for VSS Unity. Congratulations to our pilots Dave Mackay and Mike 'Sooch' Masucci
#VSSUnity from @virgingalactic touches down just minutes after itís powered flight over Mojave.
WhiteKnightTwo makes itís approach after dropping #VSSUnity for a powered test flight this morning.