Friday, March 27, 2009

POPping Virgin's In Space, or Eve Finds Her G(force)-Spot*

Virgin Galactic has announced the successful completion of the third test flight of WhiteKnightTwo (WK2), christened "Eve" in honor of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson's mother.

This flight over California's Mojave Desert was the longest (with a duration of over 2 and one half hours) and fastest (reaching speeds of over 140 knots), and reached an altitude of over 18,000 feet.

WK2 wil be the mobile launchpad of SpaceShipTwo (SS2), the passenger rocket that will carry galactic tourists into space. "Now the stratosphere is the limit as we will continually test Eve (WK2) for the next few months up to her ceiling of above 50,000ft," said Peter Siebold, test pilot of the first 3 missions.

Virgin Galactic is already taking passenger reservations. The cost for 6 minutes of weightlessness? About $200,000, but it's a lot more fun than a tummy-tuck.

Please enjoy this interesting 2007 interview of Richard Branson on TED:

*Yes, this headline is a shameless ploy to increase our readership.

POPped by TheEdley

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