On Tuesday 29th May, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo completes its second powered test flight

 

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane recently contributed in setting new records for speed and altitude for the company’s test program on Tuesday. It happened during a powered flight which is over California’s Mojave Desert, and two test pilots helmed it.

The primary focus of this latest SpaceShipTwo rocket plane flight test was to learn and identify how the spaceship can handle fast speed. Also, it was aimed to test the performance of control system of the vehicle.

VSS unity fired its rocket motor by burning a mixture of some rubber-based solid fuel which is known as HTPB along with nitrous oxide. During the test, the rocket plane achieved a maximum speed of Mach 1.9, and altitude of 114,500 feet.

 Later Mackay and Stucky started giving instructions to VSS unity for bringing it back to Earth after activating “feathering” mechanism. Pilots after this began to reconfigure the vehicle so that they can land, they deployed its landing gear and then touched down on a runway. At Mojave Air and Spaceport, SpaceShipTwo