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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:18 pm
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Post WhiteKnightTwo Takes Off!   Posted on: Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:18 pm
News coming in that WhiteKnightTwo has taken off today!

If anyone finds any info then post it here!

Space.com posted a news item as the craft was in flight:
http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/08 ... -test.html

Congratulations to everyone!
We await more news!

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Post    Posted on: Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:14 pm
Takeoff
http://link.brightcove.com/services/lin ... 5441973001

Landing
http://link.brightcove.com/services/lin ... 5474303001

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Post    Posted on: Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:09 am
Here are a few more things ive read whie doing the rounds!


"It reached an altitude 4,000ft above the original test plan's maximum altitude.That is how confident we are about the aircraft. Now we have to download all the data. There will be another flight early in the new year," says Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn.

(Also, 16,000ft (4,880m) has been quoted as the max altitude)

Longer video available to watch - http://link.brightcove.com/services/lin ... 5465369001

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Post    Posted on: Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:00 pm
Nice find!!!
Looks strange flying through the air, but then again has scaled ever made something that looks normal!


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Post    Posted on: Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:53 pm
It has no canards, which makes it pretty odd as far as Rutan designs go...


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Post    Posted on: Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:57 am
Scaled Composites, LLC

23 December 2008

"The White Knight Two, Scaled Model 348, made its first flight on 21
December 2008. Pilot for the flight was Peter Siebold, Scaled’s
Director of Flight Operations, and the copilot was Clint Nichols, also
of Scaled. The 1-hour flight explored handling qualities at altitudes
up to 16000 ft. We were very pleased with the results of the flight and
look forward to continued testing in the new year.
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Post    Posted on: Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:12 pm
Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo may need to have its rudder and yaw stability improved to counter issues such as the greater fishtail effect that would be expected with a twin fuselage aircraft.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:37 pm
Another flight!!
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/hyper ... again.html

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Post    Posted on: Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:34 pm
Nice, and the comments :)


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