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SpaceShipTwo Makes First (Captive) Flight

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  1. ND Flack

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    #1 ND Flack, Mar 23, 2010
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    I gotta say, this is one of the cooler things going. I'm really enjoying seeing this come to fruition.

    http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/03/spaceshiptwo-makes-first-captive-flight/

    And an interesting sidenote from an article linked in that article about the mothership, WhiteKnightTwo:

    The all-composite aircraft has a wingspan of 141 feet and is flown from the right fuselage. Unlike most airplanes of its size, it has no autopilot system the controls are simple pushrods and carbon-fiber cables. There is no fly-by-wire or even boosted controls: It’s a true stick and rudder airplane. This is a plane that could bring space flight to the masses, yet the controls are more Piper Cub than Boeing 777.

    http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/07/flying-the-plane-that-may-take-you-to-edge-of-space/#ixzz0j0gaQEKw
     
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  3. Wade

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