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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #280 on: 10/10/2010 06:44 pm »
Couldn't get into the FTP site, this is via RLV and Space Transport News:

http://www.hobbyspace.com/AAdmin/Images/RLV/Scaled/2010/SS2_1st_glide_1286734198_1000x617.jpg

Ooops, I see jabe has updated his earlier post...
« Last Edit: 10/10/2010 06:47 pm by corrodedNut »

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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #281 on: 10/10/2010 08:40 pm »
from this tweet

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Read all about VSS Enterprise's fantastic flight and view images at http://www.virgingalactic.com
the Virgin site was suppose to have an update but I don't see it yet :)
jb
edit: I wonder if the meant http://www.virgingalactic.com/glideflight
« Last Edit: 10/10/2010 08:42 pm by jabe »

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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #282 on: 10/10/2010 08:44 pm »
Works for me.  Home page has "VSS Enterprise Completes First Manned Glide Flight" headline, which goes to:
http://www.virgingalactic.com/news/item/vss-enterprise-completes-first-manned-glide-flight/
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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #283 on: 10/10/2010 10:35 pm »
What's the last reports on the status of the motor system? Now that they've glide and drop tested, that seems like the major remaining challenge, yet I can't recall the last time I heard anything at all about the motor status.

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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #284 on: 10/10/2010 11:56 pm »
What's the last reports on the status of the motor system? Now that they've glide and drop tested, that seems like the major remaining challenge, yet I can't recall the last time I heard anything at all about the motor status.

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August 11th was the 5th test fire, and the last test fire reported, no issues reported then. 

Branden has claimed 18 months till paying customers, so unless he was just thumping his chest, the motor must be coming along well.
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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #285 on: 10/11/2010 12:01 am »
I just saw this on the news.  Nice job and congratualtions to Scaled and Virgin.  May the wind continue to be at their backs. 
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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #286 on: 10/11/2010 01:35 am »
To see some video from the National Geographic production shot earlier, and still photo's from today go to this Wired article:

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/10/virgin-galactic-spaceshiptwo-makes-first-glide-flight/

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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #287 on: 10/11/2010 01:37 am »
Does anyone know why WhiteKnight Two's wheels are down during the release of SpaceShip Two at 45,000ft?


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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #288 on: 10/11/2010 01:42 am »
http://www.scaled.com/projects/proteus.html

August 11th was the 5th test fire, and the last test fire reported, no issues reported then. 

Branden has claimed 18 months till paying customers, so unless he was just thumping his chest, the motor must be coming along well.
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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #289 on: 10/11/2010 05:30 am »
YouTube video


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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #290 on: 10/11/2010 05:36 am »
Does anyone know why WhiteKnight Two's wheels are down during the release of SpaceShip Two at 45,000ft?



I guessing that it's related to a temporary fix of their landing gear problem.  One of them broke upon landing a few weeks ago. 
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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #291 on: 10/11/2010 07:16 am »
« Last Edit: 10/11/2010 07:16 am by TheFallen »

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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #292 on: 10/11/2010 08:00 am »
Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceship, Enterprise, has made its first solo test flight, in California.

The spaceship was carried to an altitude of 45,000ft (13,700m) by an aeroplane and then dropped to glide back to the Mojave Air and Space Port.

Enterprise will soon be taking people prepared to pay $200,000 (126,000) on short hops above the atmosphere.

The British billionaire behind the project, Sir Richard Branson, was on hand to witness the drop test.

"This was one of the most exciting days in the whole history of Virgin," the entrepreneur said.

"For the first time since we seriously began the project in 2004, I watched the world's first manned commercial spaceship landing on the runway at Mojave Air and Space Port and it was a great moment."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11511604
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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #293 on: 10/11/2010 12:49 pm »
Does anyone know why WhiteKnight Two's wheels are down during the release of SpaceShip Two at 45,000ft?



The extra drag might have made WK2s reaction to the drop more predictable for the initial test.
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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #294 on: 10/11/2010 01:10 pm »
Does anyone know why WhiteKnight Two's wheels are down during the release of SpaceShip Two at 45,000ft?


from scaled news:

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Because our ultimate goal is to keep SS2 flight test schedule progressing forward at pace, the mothership may be flying the next couple flights with the gear down and locked until we can fully test the new gear mechanisms.

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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #295 on: 10/11/2010 01:42 pm »
Question about the front nose gear on Spaceship 2. 

Why a skid rather than wheels?  Better breaking? Lower weight?


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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #296 on: 10/11/2010 02:08 pm »
Question about the front nose gear on Spaceship 2. 

Why a skid rather than wheels?  Better breaking? Lower weight?

It's a glider, so when it stops, it stops, and won't move again unless something tows it. So yes, why add the extra weight and complexity?

SS1 nose skid was a piece of maple (no sparks), perhaps the only functional component made of wood to go into space, please correct me if I'm wrong, and no, cork doesn't count.

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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #297 on: 10/11/2010 02:16 pm »

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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #298 on: 10/11/2010 04:43 pm »
Let's get done with these glide tests and LIGHT THIS CANDLE!! ;)
« Last Edit: 10/11/2010 04:44 pm by docmordrid »
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Re: Space Ship Two - Updates
« Reply #299 on: 10/11/2010 04:53 pm »
Looks like Virgin and Scaled are following the "looks good, flies good" school of design and flight testing.  What an amazing looking ship!
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