SpaceShipTwo third powered flight reaches 71,000ft, Mach 1.4
Rocketeer — Wed, 15/01/2014 - 1:10pm
A third successful powered flight test on 10th Jan by the Virgin Galactic prototype suborbital passenger spaceplane SpaceShipTwo ignited the hybrid motor for 20 seconds, and reached a maximum speed of Mach 1.4, and altitude of 71,000ft. The vehicle was flown by Scaled Composites' Mark Stucky, and Virgin Galactic Chief Pilot Dave Mackay. The flight tested new thermal reflective coatings on the inside of the tailbooms, and the reaction control system, used for attitude control outside the atmosphere.