Space Virgin takes flight

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has fled the nest of its twin fuselage WhiteKnightTwo mothership Eve and landed on its own for the first time at Mojave Air and Space Port in California, USA.

VSS Enterprise is designed to carry six passengers and fly at up to Mach 3.5 at 68 miles altitude, just under a third of the way up to the International Space Station. The first test release was at 45,000ft; just 5000ft lower than the planned release altitude for space flight.

Gale break

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As I write the wind is blowing around 33-40 knots more or less onto the aft end of the boat and we’re watching rainwater being bullied in troubled furrows uphill along the reverse sheer of Formanda’s decks. A good time to be sat alongside a bit of wood with several bits of string secured to it.