Virgin Galactic completes transonic glide test

VSS Unity in its new heat protective livery

Virgin Galactic’s passenger-carrying spaceship VSS Unity has completed its seventh unpowered glider test flight. On September 11, test pilots Mark “Forger” Stucky and Michael “Sooch” Masucci ran the craft through a series of maneuvers over Mojave, California during which it reached a transonic velocity of Mach 0.9 (690 mph, 600 knots, 1,111 km/h) – almost the highest it can attain without an engine.

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