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Virgin Galactic is back at Spaceport America for tests

It was nothing but clear, blue skies as the sleek, jet-powered plane approached the runway at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, only to briefly touch down and then thrust off again.


April 26, 2016
By The Associated Press

Over and over again, Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo was put through the paces as the pilots, ground crew and mission control specialists checked off some of the numerous ground and air exercises scheduled this week as the team prepares for future commercial space flights.

A special cargo plane of sorts, the aircraft is designed to carry the company’s rocket ship — called SpaceShipTwo — to high altitudes where it will detach and take paying tourists the rest of the way to the edge of space. | READ MORE