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This article was published on March 23, 2010

    Virgin Galactic’s Maiden Space Flight a Success

    Virgin Galactic’s Maiden Space Flight a Success
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    Zee

    Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

    Virgin Galactic’s experimental aircraft designed to one day carry paying customers into space, has completed its maiden flight successfully.

    The sleek, six-passenger ship, called VSS Enterprise, remained attached to its carrier aircraft throughout the two-hour, 54-minute flight.

    ”Virgin Galactic announced that its commercial manned spaceship, VSS Enterprise, this morning successfully completed its first ‘captive carry’ test flight,” the company said.

    Galactic has already collected $US45 million in deposits from more than 330 people who have reserved seats aboard the six-person craft.

    “Watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what beautiful, ground-breaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for us,” Branson said in a statement.

    Branson hopes to start test flights into space by next year. Off to book my ticket now.