The company Virgin Galactic announced the first successful test of the suborbital spacecraft SpaceShipTwo rocket motor with. According to the company, this test will mark the transition to the final part of the test before the vehicle starts to carry out commercial suborbital flights from the Baikonur Spaceport America in New Mexico.
The test flight began at 7:02 am local time, when SpaceShipTwo took off from an airfield in the Mojave Desert with the carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo. At an altitude of about 14 km in 45 minutes in the air SpaceShipTwo separated from his aircraft carrier. After that, the pilots for the first time included a rocket, SpaceShipTwo and rose to a height of 16.7 km. The engine has been running for 16 seconds, as planned. During testing SpaceShipTwo reached a speed of Mach 1.2. 10 minutes after separation from the WhiteKnightTwo at 8:00 am local time on a suborbital spacecraft successfully landed.