Virgin Galactic returns to powered flight!

It was three years ago that Virgin Galactic lost a vehicle and pilot in a tragic mishap caused by human error and poor human factors engineering.  But the defects have been changed so that the same mistake cannot be made again, and after an incremental test campaign with the newer version of SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, they were able to light the engine for the first time:

It was only a thirty second burn, but it went off flawlessly, and it puts them a step closer to operational flights!


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