Unity Test Flight Program Updates

December 03, 2016

Update from Mojave: Successful First Glide Flight Test for VSS Unity

Our new spaceship, VSS Unity, has successfully completed its first free flight! Today’s important test flight marks the first time that a vehicle built by our sister organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control. Today, VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay, with pilots Mike Masucci and Todd… Read More

November 01, 2016

Update from Mojave: The Next Phase of Flight Test

In September, VSS Unity took to the skies for the first time. It was a fulfilling and emotional experience for our team—but even more so, it was an opportunity to collect great data. Using our carrier airplane, WhiteKnightTwo VMS Eve, as a ‘flying wind tunnel,’ we captured terabytes of extremely valuable data from a nearly… Read More

September 09, 2016

Update from Mojave: VSS Unity’s First Flight Test Completed

Today marks an exciting milestone in our shared quest to open space to change the world for good. For the first time, a spaceship built by our manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, and operated by us at Virgin Galactic has taken to the skies. One unique aspect of our human spaceflight program is that—unlike NASA’s… Read More

September 07, 2016

Update From Mojave: Preparations for Unity’s Flight Test Program

In the near future, our new spaceship, VSS Unity, will take to the skies for the first time. Having spent years designing, manufacturing, and testing the parts and subsystems that make up SpaceShipTwo, followed by several months of thorough and rigorous Integrated Vehicle Ground Testing, we are excited to take Unity into her natural airborne… Read More

August 01, 2016

FAA-AST Awards Virgin Galactic Operator License for SpaceShipTwo

New Spaceship Conducts Taxi Test as it Nears Start of Flight Test Program   We kicked off August with two important milestones. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) has awarded Virgin Galactic an operator license for SpaceShipTwo. The license award, which will ultimately permit commercial operations of the vehicle, was… Read More

March 10, 2016

Update from Mojave: Testing Testing 1-2-3

Three weeks ago, we unveiled our new spaceship, VSS Unity. As we wrote in the run-up to that unveiling, what we celebrated then was the transition to a new phase of work where, having already spent years testing its pieces and subsystems, we now test Unity as a completed vehicle. Virgin companies are known as… Read More

February 19, 2016

Richard Branson Unveils Virgin Galactic’s New Spaceship Named VSS UNITY By Professor Stephen Hawking

Richard Branson today unveiled Virgin Galactic’s much anticipated second SpaceShipTwo at a ceremony in Mojave, CA, attended by his family, Virgin Galactic’s Founder Future Astronauts, stakeholders and partners. Professor Stephen Hawking named the new vehicle Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity via a recorded speech and said, “I would be very proud to fly on this spaceship.”… Read More

February 18, 2016

What SpaceShipTwo’s rollout milestone means — and what’s next.

Very soon, Virgin Galactic will introduce our new spaceship to our customers, our partners, and the world. We’ll celebrate the hard work our engineers and technicians have poured into making each of SpaceShipTwo’s parts, testing each one of them, and assembling them together into our beautiful new vehicle. As we celebrate the end of one… Read More