Virgin Galactic, an aerospace company pioneering human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers, has reached another milestone in the build of its second commercial spaceship.
In reaching the ‘Weight on Wheels’ milestone, all major structural elements of the vehicle were assembled, the vehicle deployed its main landing gear and carried its own weight for the first time. This signals strong progress in the build of the vehicle, which has been “reached considerably faster” than it took the first spaceship in the Virgin Galactic fleet, VSS Unity.
As the next step, the assembly team is connecting its integrated systems, including the flight control systems from fuselage to tail booms, as well as completing the final structural closeouts<...
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