SpaceShipTwo began to prepare for a flight with a jet engine

The company Virgin Galactic has reported another successful test spaceplane SpaceShipTwo. Reusable suborbital vehicle has yet to be tested long before he begins to carry tourists into space, but which ended a few days ago the test was very important and can be considered a kind of dress rehearsal before the SST will begin to fly with a jet engine.

SpaceShipTwo began to prepare for a flight with a jet engine

During the flight SST separated from White Knight Two at an altitude of about 12 kilometers, then under the control of two pilots of his system were tested and then spaceplane began managing the planning and sat down on the airfield in the Mojave Desert.

At this time VSS Unity flight took place filled with nitrous oxide oxidant and the reservoir tank with helium. engine nozzle, as before, on the SST is not set, replacing it with a plaster cast, which is used as a water tank 450 liters - thus developers tested vehicle with a full load, at least a jet engine run and yet do not gather. Engineers recognize that prior to the flight using a jet engine poplanirovat ship to be a little more, so that developers can re-check everything. It is expected that flights jet will take place every three weeks until the beginning of winter this year. During the next phase of testing in Virgn Galactic hope to reach the limits of the earth's atmosphere.