SpaceShipTwo Makes Second Successful Powered Flight

  • Sep 6, 2013 5:20pm GMT

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo made its second successful powered flight Thursday from Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

SpaceShipTwo, funded by billionaire Richard Branson, was carried to an altitude of 42,000 feet attached to the “mothership” and then climbed to 69,000 feet under its own power before descending back to Mojave.

"In addition to achieving the highest altitude and greatest speed to date, the test flight demonstrated the vehicle's full technical mission profile in a single flight for the first time ... All of the test objectives were successfully completed," the company said.

"Virgin Galactic is now gearing up for the commercial service, finalizing cabin interiors, flight suits, training programs and the multiple other details required to offer hundreds of aspiring astronauts a safe and awe-inspiring journey," Branson said.

Photo courtesy Virgin Galactic.