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Spaceship Two Receives Experimental Certificate

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SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger commercial spaceship owned by Virgin Galactic, has been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration to begin test flights beyond the atmosphere. Spaceship builder Scaled Composites received an experimental launch permit from the FAA on May 23. (news.discovery.com) More...

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bishops90
Brian Bishop 4
"Iiiiii just waaant to fly.....higher higher higher....."
(Apologies to Sugar Ray)
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 3
LOL....you are such a dork! thats hilarous!
bishops90
Brian Bishop 3
Lol.... little levity - dorky or not - never hurt anybody! Who says Flightaware can't be entertaining?
AviatorLEO
AviatorLEO 2
Then add me to the list with Lenny Kravitz ... "Oh ... I want to get away ... I want to flyyyyy away! Yeah, yeah yeah!" Or, Frank Sinatra's "Fly me to the moon!"=D
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
Somebody used the Lenny Kravitz song in a commercial once, didn't they?
floatplaneS7
floatplaneS7 2
But doesn't just a tiny bit of you want to yell out the same :-) LOL
zennermd
Want to... I already did.
CyranoSmith
CyranoSmith 3
"Where never Sparrow, or even Eagle flew ..." - apologies for any inaccurate quote from "High Flight" - I'd love to reach out and touch the Face of God, myself.
Bernie20910
And where Eagle has already flown.

"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

July 20, 1969
duckboy81
I believe it's "where never lark, or even eagle flew"
gregthepilot
Great! Now all I need is $200,000.00 and airfare to the spaceport.
chessler
What a week for space!! Save your money and buy stock in VirginGalactic and SpaceEx. We are witnessing the birth of two new industries that will never die off - passenger and cargo businesses in space.
brocky
Just let me hit the Mega Million and I'm all over this !
floatplaneS7
floatplaneS7 1
Looks fantastic, well done
frank1711
Frank Mazzeo 1
(Duplicate Squawk Submitted)

FAA clears Virgin Galactic spaceship for test flights

* License is good for one year
* Only test pilots can fly, for now
* Virgin Galactic selling suborbital rides for $200,000
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared SpaceShipTwo, a commercial six-passenger spacecraft owned by Virgin Galactic, to begin rocket-powered suborbital test flights, the company said on Wednesday.




http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/30/usa-spaceship-virgin-idUSB47076320120530?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssHealthcareNews&rpc=43
gonzo680
G. Kent -1
Great, I applaud the ingenuity, creativity and imagination which has gone into this project so far, but....

Isn't it about time Mr. Rutan et al started putting some of that ingenuity and creativity into something more worthwhile than (not so) cheap carnival thrill rides for people with a lot more money than they know what to do with? Even if I had that kind of money I still wouldn't be interested because I grew up a long time ago.

I'm talking about sub-orbital flights here. How about a ship that could actually go somewhere and do something useful, such as say, flights from one end of the continent to the other, or even inter-continental flights in a few minutes - how's that for a wild concept? Ya, ya, I know all about the heating effects and the rest of the technical problems, but it seems to me that would be a far, far better goal to pursue, a challenge worthy of his skills and full attention.