Vir­gin Galac­tic’s new space­ship makes first glide flight

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MO­JAVE | Vir­gin Galac­tic’s new space­ship has com­pleted its first glide flight.

The test was con­ducted Satur­day over the Cal­i­for­nia desert.

The craft was car­ried aloft by its mother ship, re­leased and then glided for 10 min­utes to a land­ing at Mo­jave Air and Space Port.

A se­ries of glide flights will be

con­ducted be­fore test­ing pro­ceeds to rocket-pow­ered flights.

The craft is the sec­ond de­vel­oped un­der Vir­gin Galac­tic’s plan for a fleet of ships that will carry pas­sen­gers on thrill rides to space and back.

Vir­gin Galac­tic’s first space­ship broke apart in 2014 dur­ing its fourth rocket-pow­ered test flight.

Vir­gin Galac­tic is owned by Sir Richard Bran­son’s Vir­gin Group and Aabar In­vest­ments of Abu Dhabi.

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