SpaceShipTwo Test Summaries

SpaceShipTwo in flight on Dec. 19, 2012. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
SpaceShipTwo in flight on Dec. 19, 2012. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo Test Summaries

Courtesy of Scaled Composites

Date:19 Dec 12
WK2 Flight Time:1.6 hr SS2 Flight Time:13 min, 24 sec
WK2 Pilot:ColmerWK2 CoPilot:NicholsWK2 FTE:Lassen
SS2 Pilot:StuckySS2 CoPilot:Alsbury
GS Crew:
Bourgeois, Glaser, Knupp, Bassett, Kalogiannis, Jaster, Zeeb, Gould, Binnie, Cassebeer, M. Fuchs, Verderame, Tighe, Withrow, Kroese

SS2 Objectives:
SS2 performance
Stability and control with new shortened aft skirt
Installed rocket motor systems and nozzle
Wing/strake Thermal Protection Systems (TPS)
PIO susceptibility evaluation with different flight control modes

SS2 Results:
Aero performance slightly better than expected and no negative issues identified. No PIO tendencies noted in loose formation flight. First co-pilot landing – congratulations Mike!

WK2 Objectives:
SS2 release mission

WK2 Results:
All objectives achieved.

Date:13 Dec 12
Flight Time:1.5 hr
WK2 Pilot:ColmerWK2 CoPilot:NicholsWK2 FTE:Inks
SS2 Pilot:SieboldSS2 CoPilot:Alsbury

Glide flight rehearsal
RM2 preliminary systems checkout
WK2 fuel cooler data collection
FADS data collection

Objective complete.