Stunning Footage from SpaceShipTwo’s Third Rocket-Powered Flight

by Nancy Atkinson on January 14, 2014

Virgin Galactic released video from SpaceShipTwo’s flight test last Friday, January 10, 2014. This was the third supersonic, rocket-powered test of the Virgin Galactic system after dozens of successful subsonic test flights. The pilots Dave Mackay and Mark Stucky tested the spaceship’s Reaction Control System, the newly installed thermal protection coating on the vehicle’s tail booms, and the “feather” re-entry system, all with great success.

See some images from the flight below.

You can read our coverage from Friday’s test flight here.

Image from the "tail cam" on SpaceShipTwo of engine ignition. Credit: Virgin Galactic.

Image from the “tail cam” on SpaceShipTwo of engine ignition. Credit: Virgin Galactic.

Image from SpaceShipTwo's third powered flight on January 10, 2014. Credit: Virgin Galactic.

Image from SpaceShipTwo’s third powered flight on January 10, 2014. Credit: Virgin Galactic.

Feathered Flight during Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo's third powered flight on January 10,  2014 over the Mojave desert. This image was taken by MARS Scientific as part of the Mobile Aerospace Reconnaissance System optical tracking system.

Feathered Flight during Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo’s third powered flight on January 10, 2014 over the Mojave desert. This image was taken by MARS Scientific as part of the Mobile Aerospace Reconnaissance System optical tracking system.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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