Richard Branson’s SpaceShip Two brings space closer

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two (SS2) makes its first ever flight since the program began in 2005. The vehicle was dropped from a carrier aircraft high above the Mojave Desert in California before its rocket engines were lit. AFP
1/5Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two (SS2) makes its first ever flight since the program began in 2005. The vehicle was dropped from a carrier aircraft high above the Mojave Desert in California before its rocket engines were lit. AFP
Although the spacecraft has been in the air more than 20 times, this was the first time its hybrid motor was ignited, and went on for 15 seconds. AP
2/5Although the spacecraft has been in the air more than 20 times, this was the first time its hybrid motor was ignited, and went on for 15 seconds. AP
Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and pilot Mark Stucky celebrate the successful flight of SpaceShip Two. Branson’s plan is to use the spaceship to carry passengers on short pleasure rides above the Earth’s atmosphere. AFP
3/5Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and pilot Mark Stucky celebrate the successful flight of SpaceShip Two. Branson’s plan is to use the spaceship to carry passengers on short pleasure rides above the Earth’s atmosphere. AFP
Richard Branson is greeted by Burt Rutan after the successful test flight of SS2. Future plans include the spacecraft climbing more than 100km into the sky. The test flights are expected to be completed later this year. Reuters
4/5Richard Branson is greeted by Burt Rutan after the successful test flight of SS2. Future plans include the spacecraft climbing more than 100km into the sky. The test flights are expected to be completed later this year. Reuters
Entrepreneur RichardBranson waves from a window of SpaceShip Two on 11 July 2012. The company has already received hundreds of deposits for the flight, which will have space for six passengers and two pilots. Reuters
5/5Entrepreneur RichardBranson waves from a window of SpaceShip Two on 11 July 2012. The company has already received hundreds of deposits for the flight, which will have space for six passengers and two pilots. Reuters
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