Rise of SpaceShipTwo: Virgin Galactic's Test Flights Photos

Close-Up of SpaceShipTwo During First Rocket-Powered Flight

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Frame from SpaceShipTwo Boom Camera during first rocket-powered flight on April 29, 2013.

SpaceShipTwo Feathers Its Wings for 1st Time

Virgin Galactic/Clay Center Observatory

Virgin Galactic's suborbital passenger ship SpaceShipTwo flexes its feathered re-entry system during a pivotal glide test at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California on May 4, 2011.

Virgin Galactic's Fourth SpaceShipTwo Glide Flight

Michael Fuchs

Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo passenger spacecraft leaves contrails in its wake during a Jan. 13, 2011, glide test, the fourth in a series of demonstration flights.

Virgin Galactic's Private Spaceship Makes First Solo Glide Flight

Mark Greenberg

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo makes its first solo test flight Oct. 10, 2010.

SpaceShipTwo Lands After Feathering Test

Bill Deaver/Deaver-Wiggins and Associates

SpaceShipTwo makes a May 4, 2011, landing on Runway 30 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Touch down signaled the successful end to the craft's 7th glide test and, for the first time, evaluation of its novel feather re-entry system.

Virgin Galactic's Private Spaceship Makes First Crewed Flight

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The Virgin Galactic suborbital spaceliner SpaceShipTwo makes its first crewed flight on July 15, 2010, over the Mojave Desert in California, one of a series of test flights before the first free flight of the passenger ship for space tourism flights.

SpaceShipTwo Carrier Craft Makes Successful First Flight

Bill Deaver/Mojave Desert News

WhiteKnightTwo took to the air for the first time Sunday morning, Dec. 21, 2008, following several weeks of taxi tests. The big, twin fuselage airplane took off at 8:17 a.m. PST and landed an hour later to the applause of spectators watching at the Mojave Air and Spaceport.

SpaceShipTwo's First Solo Test Flight

Mark Greenberg

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo private suborbital spacecraft makes its first solo test flight on October 10, 2010.

Test Flight Planned for SpaceShipTwo Carrier

Alan Radecki

WhiteKnightTwo makes a runway taxi appearance at Mojave Air and Space Port.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Spaceliner Completes 2nd Glide Flight

Bill Deaver

SpaceShipTwo after its 2nd glide test.

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