Good news, spacefans: the image up top is real. Virgin Galactic's rocket plane made history this morning, igniting its engines for the first time and hitting supersonic speeds. The achievement brings would-be passengers one step closer to a trip to the edge of space.
Isn't she a beauty, Captain? Update: Watch the video just released by Virgin Galactic.
We all know how Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo looks from the outside, but this is the first time ever you are going to see the cockpit of SpaceShipTwo's mothership. It looks like the old-style spaceship cockpits from Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon.
Warning, middle-class Earthmen. By the end of this post, your dreams of low-cost space travel will be delayed. Above: WhiteKnightTwo Eve's Maiden Flight. Photo Credit Schereer Scherer.
Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, the ship that will deliver SpaceShipTwo into orbit, just started performing runway tests. We're one step closer to personal space travel, folks.
Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo aircraft will be doing the world a favor when they start flying paying passengers into space: they'll be carrying sensors aboard to monitor greenhouse gases at a little-monitored altitude. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just signed a deal with…