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Rise of SpaceShipTwo: Virgin Galactic's Test Flights Photos

SpaceShipTwo Over Spaceport America

Barbara David.

The Virgin Galactic suborbital vehicle SpaceShipTwo, called Enterprise, soars over New Mexico's Spaceport America terminal – still under construction – under the belly of its huge mothership WhiteKnightTwo during the spaceport’s runway dedication ceremony on Oct. 22, 2010.

SpaceShipTwo on Runway After Fourth Glide Flight

Bill Deaver

SpaceShipTwo is towed back to the hangar Jan. 13, 2011, under the watchful eye of East Kern Airport District Security Chief Mike Sterbens after a successful drop test and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

SpaceShipTwo Mother Ship Slightly Dinged in Test Flight

Alan Radecki/Mojave Skies.

The SpaceShipTwo carrier plane WhiteKnightTwo takes off in an April 20, 2009, flight test, a 4-hour endurance trip that marked its longest flight

Test Flights Ahead for SpaceShipTwo Mothership

Virgin Galactic.

The SpaceShipTwo mothership WhiteKnightTwo took to the air for the first time on Dec. 21, 2008, following several weeks of taxi tests.

Virgin Galactic Unveils Space Liner Mothership

Alan J. Duignan/SPACE.com

Virgin Galatic rolls out mothership "Eve" at Scaled Composities in Mojave on July 28, 2008.

Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo Carrying SpaceShipTwo Flew Alongside Virgin America’s Airbus A320

Mark Greenberg/VirginGalactic

Friday, June 17, 2011: Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo mothership carrying SpaceShipTwo flew alongside Virgin America’s Airbus A320, named "My Other Ride Is a Spaceship," to inaugurate San Francisco International Airport (SFO)'s new Terminal 2 on April 6, 2011. SpaceShipTwo is a rocket-powered space plane intended to eventually take passengers to sub-orbital space.

—Tom Chao

SpaceShipTwo and the Golden Gate Bridge

Mark Greenberg/Virgin America

Virgin Galactic's private SpaceShipTwo spacecraft and its mothership WhiteKnightTwo flies over the Golden Gate Bridge with the Virgin America plane "My Other Ride is a Spaceship" on April 6, 2011, en route to open Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport.

SpaceShipTwo Over San Francisco

Mark Greenberg

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo private spaceliner flies over San Francisco's Bay Area Bridge with the city as a backdrop while en route to San Francisco International Airport with the Virgin America aircraft "My Other Ride is a Spaceship" to open a new terminal at San Francisco International Airport on April 6, 2011.

SpaceShipTwo Touches Down

Bill Deaver/Deaver-Wiggins and Associates

After its fifth glide test flight – the longest one yet – Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo passenger spaceship touches down on a runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California on April 22, 2011.

A 'Flying Launch Pad' Cruises New Mexico Skies

Barb Sprungman

WhiteKnightTwo during a low-level flyover June 20, 2009, at the Las Cruces International Airport in New Mexico.

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