SpaceShipTwo ignites rockets for first time in flight

SpaceShipTwo was carried to a release altitude of 47 thousand feet by its mothership WhiteKnightTwo. The rocket ship detached and then fired its test rocket.
MOJAVE, CA - Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo lit its rocket engines for the first time in flight Monday morning, achieving its first powered test flight.

"Pilots Stucky and Alsbury confirm: SpaceShipTwo exceeded the speed of sound on today's flight!"  Virgin Galactic officials posted on Facebook Monday.

SpaceShipTwo was carried to a release altitude of 47 thousand feet by its mothership WhiteKnightTwo around 8 a.m. The rocket ship detached and then fired its test rocket.  The rocket will eventually will lift SpaceShipTwo into space.

SpaceShipTwo is designed to use the rocket motor to power private launches that will carry six passengers and two pilots to suborbital space and back, Space.com reported.

Virgin Galactic billionaire owner Sir Richard Branson hinted about the pending launch last week during an interview with the Las Vegas Sun.

Virgin Galactic reposted a tweet he sent out early Monday: "Occasionally you have days that are ridiculously exciting. Today is such a day."

17's Jim Scott was there and will have a complete report coming up Monday on 17 News at 5 and 6 p.m.
 
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