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Thursday, April 08, 2004
SpaceShipOne Second Powered Flight
On April 8, SpaceShipOne completed its second supersonic test flight - this time it traveled up to Mach 2, beating its own record reaching an altitude of 105,000 ft.
Behind the controls of SpaceShipOne's second successful powered flight was pilot and future astronaut, Peter Siebold.
Scaled is roughly 1/3 of the way to 100 km.
"105,000 feet down, 223,000 feet to go!" exclaimed an excited onlooker, as he watched the ship fly overhead.
Space.com released a news post: http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/spaceshipone_test_040408.html
No details about the flight have been publicly issued by Scaled Composites, although the firm did respond to SPACE.com inquiries that, indeed, the flight had occurred and a de-briefing about the vehicle’s handling during the test is underway.
SpaceShipOne’s first powered flight took place on December 17, 2003. In that test, the motor roared to life for 15 seconds. According to a Scaled Composites source, today's flight was the 13th airborne demonstration of the vehicle.
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