March 24th, 2010

VSS Enterprise

As we all know, soon Sir Richard Branson will be launching Virgin Galactic. But did you know this...

Virgin spaceship makes maiden flight

Virgin Galactic's experimental SpaceshipTwo (SS2), an aircraft designed to one day carry paying customers into space, had its maiden flight in the California desert on Monday, the company announced.

The spacecraft, brainchild of British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, took off nestled under the wing of its mothership White Knight Two (WK2).

"Virgin Galactic announced that its commercial manned spaceship, VSS Enterprise, this morning successfully completed its first 'captive carry' test flight, taking off at 7.05am (local time) from Mojave Air and Spaceport, California," the company said in a statement.

The design for Virgin Galactic - delivered by Scaled Composites, Burt Rutan's aircraft maker in Mojave - was unveiled on December 7 and dubbed Virgin Space Ship (VSS) Enterprise.

In the future, WK2 will carry SpaceshipTwo to an altitude of about 50,000 feet (16 kilometres) before dropping the smaller spaceship and allowing it to fire up its rocket motor to launch into space.

Monday's test flight, which lasted just a few minutes, was the first in which both aircraft went aloft without separating.

The test flight was carried out about 130 kilometres northeast of Los Angeles.

Virgin Galactic aims to become the world's first commercial company to promote space tourism.

It hopes to start test flights in 2010-2011, with tourists able to shell out $US200,000 (about $A220,000) per person.

If you think the waiting list to fly into space might not exactly be crowded, think again; Virgin Galactic already has collected $US45 million ($A49.15 million) in paid deposits from more than 330 people who have reserved seats aboard the six-person craft.

"This is a momentous day for the Scaled and Virgin Teams," Rutan glowed.

"The captive carry flight signifies the start of what we believe will be an extremely exciting and successful spaceship flight test program."

And Branson was not shy about voicing his satisfaction.

"Seeing the finished spaceship in December was a major day for us but watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what beautiful, groundbreaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for us," he said.

Additional: (Watch the video and see the VSS Enterprise)


Bake it So/Make it Sew

It was a banner week for ontd_startrek 's creative team!

In photorealistic cross-stitching...
In yummy baking...In clothing and other assorted crafts...What crafty and culinary delights will this week bring?  Post 'em in the comments!
chris pine - laugh lines

Small Town Saturday Night out on DVD June 1st!

This is the one where Captain Fine plays a country and western singer and shows off his guns! It's already available to pre-order on

Just days before Rhett (Chris Pine) is leaving for Nashville to pursue a lifelong dream of being a singer/songwriter, his girlfriend Samantha (Bre Blair) realizes that "his" future may not be "their" future. This news comes as a shock to Rhett, and he is faced with having to choose between following his dream and staying in his hometown in order to be with the woman he loves.

Featuring the song 'Someday Came Today' by Chris Pine
Featuring the song 'Someday Came Today' by Chris Pine
Featuring the song 'Someday Came Today' by Chris Pine



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