Spectacular photos of SpaceShipTwo breaking the sound barrier

SpaceShipTwo just finished its third rocket-powered test and reached the highest altitude its ever been at 71,000 feet by hitting a maximum velocity of Mach 1.4. You can see the new reflective coating on the rocket plane's tail booms which perfectly reflects the flame and our Earth. Lovely. Cant wait to book my ticket!

Here's the complete sequence:

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SpaceShipTwo falls, just dropped from the mothership.

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After being dropped from her mothership, SpaceShipTwo ignites its engine. The photo is taken from WhiteKnightTwo.

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Aft view as she keeps climbing.

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Maximum thrust of the hybrid engine.

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Engine burnout.


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