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Virgin Galactic completes SS2 second supersonic test flight

Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline owned by Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments and Virgin Group, has announced the successful completion of the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). In addition to achieving the highest altitude and greatest speed to date, the test flight demonstrated the vehicle's full technical mission profile in a single flight for the first time, including a high altitude deployment of the unique wing "feathering" re-entry mechanism. "We are very close to achieving one of Galactic's key goals: commercialising access to space for the broader public. I would like to congratulate the whole team on their continued success," said Aabar's chairman, Khadem Al Qubaisi.