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Space Transport News Special Edition:
SpaceShipTwo Rollout
December 7, 2009

Reports, photos, videos and more

WK2/SS2 with Richard Branson and Burt Rutan

Richard Branson and Burt Rutan with WhiteKnightTwo Eve and
SpaceShipTwo Enterprise in the background.


The first SpaceShipTwo vehicle made its public debut on December 7th, 2009 at the Mojave Air & Spaceport. Designed and built by Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites and sponsored by Virgin Galactic, the SS2 was christened Enterprise. It was mated with WhiteKnightTwo Eve, which debuted about a year ago.

The two will soon begin a series of flight tests that will last 18 to 24 months. At the end of the test program, the vehicle will begin flying six passengers and two pilots to over 110 kilometers, crossing the official boundary to space at 100km.

Several hundred journalists, ticketed SS2 passengers, dignitaries, and others came for the unveiling. The rollout of WK2 with SS2 went fine but unexpectedly severe winter weather with extremely high winds cut short the big party that was planned after the vehicle's debut. No one was injured and the vehicles were sheltered with no damage.

Thousands of press articles worldwide were written about the rollout event, though most of these were simply repeats of wire service reports. I present here a sampling of links to articles, pictures, videos, and blog postings about the event and its significance.

Independent Resources

 



A Selection of Videos
Jonathan Amos of the BBC introduces the WK2/SS2 up close in a video in this report:
Roll-out for Richard Branson's spaceliner - BBC

A video of the rollout:

Will Pomerantz gives a report from the event:

A video of the storm that followed the rollout:

An X PRIZE report with Peter Diamandis at the rollout:

 

 

The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey
NewSpace Watch at NSG

 

 
 
 
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