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Virgin Galactic spaceship makes successful flight

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:13 p.m. HST, Jan 10, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. >> Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has made its third rocket-powered supersonic flight in the Mojave Desert, soaring to a record 71,000 feet.

The company says the reusable space vehicle was carried by airplane to 46,000 feet today and then released. The craft used its rocket motor the rest of the way to reach its highest altitude to date.

SpaceShipTwo and its two-member crew then glided to a safe landing in the desert north of Los Angeles.

Virgin Galactic says the 10-minute test flight moves the company closer to its goal of flying paying passengers into space.

No date has been set for the first commercial flight but hundreds of would-be tourists have made down-payments for the chance to fly.

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awahana wrote:
Just another example of 1st world overabundance and exuberance.
on January 10,2014 | 02:36PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
"overabundance and exuberance". I'm sure you would have appreciated it if those who dared to sail centuries ago had that same attitude. Without those who have courage to try new things, mankind would be stagnant. Take your poor attitude elsewhere awahana.
on January 10,2014 | 03:37PM
SteveToo wrote:
NOT! It's another example of the SUCCESS OF THE 1ST WORLD.
on January 10,2014 | 04:43PM
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