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Virgin Galactic's Private Spaceship Makes First Solo Glide Flight

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A private suborbital spaceship flew its first solo test flight today (Oct. 10) from Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

Though the craft did not reach space, it was a major milestone for the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, which flew in glide mode for some 15 minutes once released from its carrier plane, WhiteKnightTwo, according Bill Deaver, an eye-witness of the test flight.

"It was perfect landing," Deaver told SPACE.com. "It looked just spectacular."

 

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