Flight weight SpaceShip Two rocket motor near testing

by | Aug 5, 2009 | Personal spaceflight, Space tourism, Suborbital, Technology, Virgin Galactic | 0 comments

Hyperbola has heard that following the rocket motor tests that Virgin Galactic publicised with videos earlier this year (and its prime contractor Scaled Composites reported on its online test logs) work is focusing on the flight weight engine

In all rocket engine projects intending to fly something there are engineering development units that are used so the design can be tested while components may be at an earlier level of maturity, earlier than they have to be come the final flying version

But eventually the development work has to approach the mass and performance engine targets required of the propelled vehicle

Hyperbola understands that testing and firings are ongoing and that while the Scaled test logs web page has not been updated since 20 May more videos and test logs can be expected later this year, in a few months time

Around the time the prototype SpaceShip Two will be rolled out for its unveiling and first captive carry flight on its mothership WhiteKnight Two Eve perhaps?

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

FAA grounds Virgin Galactic over flight trajectory anomaly during Sir Richard Branson’s suborbital launch (Updated)

The air-dropped suborbital launch of SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity carrying two crew plus four company trial passengers, including Virgin Galactic’s founder Sir Richard Read more

Virgin Galactic reopens space tourist ticket sales with upped price but delays start of service until next year

Fresh from the success of its first air-launched "passenger" suborbital SpaceShipTwo test flight to the edge of space on 11 Read more

Analysis: Branson realises space dream as he flies to the “edge of space”

On 11 July, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson fulfilled a boyhood dream when he flew as ‘Astronaut 001” on Read more

Branson & Bezos race to space

Virgin Galactic announced at the beginning of July that its founder Richard Branson will be a passenger on the next Read more

Suborbital ventures on the threshold to space

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is to fly on the first crewed mission of the New Shepard, which is scheduled Read more

Virgin Galactic completes a SpaceShipTwo suborbital test flight

At 1526 GMT on 22 May Virgin Galactic achieved its first successful suborbital crewed mission from Spaceport America, New Mexico. Read more

2020 Launch Year – final reckoning: lots of failures, the most satellites launched, UK takes surprise runner-up position

According to the Seradata SpaceTrak launch and satellite database, the “final score” for launches in 2020 is 11 launch failures Read more

Was it an abort or launch failure? SpaceShipTwo abandons launch one second after ignition

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity rocket plane was air-dropped on a suborbital test flight from its mother ship WhiteKnightTwo Eve (which Read more

Categories

Archives

Tags

nasaspacexecoreviewsissesaArianespacevideochina25virgin galacticULAfalcon 9RoscosmosDGAaviation weekaresIGTsoyuzawardsBeidouspacespacewalkSatellite broadcastingmoonInternational Space StationevarussiaCargo Return VehicleBlue OriginmarsblogresearchboeingimpactAirbus DSspaceshiptwomarshyperboladelayjaxademocratISROobamaorionhypertextrocketgoogle lunar prizelunarVegalaunchtourismbarack obamaconstellationStarlinkfiguresEutelsatnorthRocket LabSESFalcon 9v1.2FT Block 5spaceflightnode 2fundedOneWebRaymond Lygorome2009Express MD-2Atlas Vthales alenia spacess2dassault aviation2008Lucywk2aviationElon MuskLockheed MartinIntelsatradioukexplorationtestmissiledocking portsstlinternetsuborbitalChina Manned Space Engineeringsts-1222010newspapercotsgalileoAriane 5flightmissile defensespaceportspace tourismExpress AMU 1Ariane 5 ECAaltairbuildspace stationProton MSLSshuttleIntelsat 23scaled compositesVirgin OrbitCosmosinternational astronautical congressEuropean Space AgencyrulesElectronbudgetnew yorkhanleyLauncherOneshenzhouspace shuttleatvVietnamboldenAriane 6congressMojaveGuiana Space CenterOrbital ATKNorthrop GrummaniackscSpace Systems/LoralUK Space AgencylawscnesUS Air ForceInmarsatILSprotonnew shepardsoyuz 2-1aTalulah RileyLong March 4CApollousadarpaSkyloneuAstriumastronautlanderLong March 4BpicturebasedragoneventLong March 2CSSLfiveWednesdayAprilinterviewSea Launchlunar landerfalconSNC50thlink7successorcustomeratlantisSpace InsuranceLong March 2D/2conferencenational space symposiumorbiterTelesat15