The VSS Unity ship with two pilots turned on the rocket engine for 31 seconds. During this time, he developed a speed of 1.9 Mach numbers and gained a height of about 35 kilometers.
American company Virgin Galactic billionaire Richard Branson successfully tested the spacecraft VSS Unity, which flew at supersonic speed. This was reported on the company’s website on Wednesday, May 30.
The tests, recognized successful, took place at a training site in the Mojave Desert in California. During the flight, the ship with two pilots separated from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, after which it turned on the rocket engine for 31 seconds. During this time, he developed a speed of 1.9 Mach numbers and gained a height of about 35 kilometers.
The purpose of testing VSS Unity is called the development of ship flight control systems in supersonic mode. During recent tests, passenger seats and related equipment have already been integrated into the spaceplane.
The first tests of VSS Unity in supersonic mode took place on April 5 this year. Then the ship managed to reach a speed of 1.87 Mach numbers. The previous 11 flights of the spaceplane, conducted since February 2016, took place without turning on the rocket engine.
They always fell before that: in Russia they boasted a video of the launch of the poorly flying Bulava missiles (video)
Russia finally managed to launch a successful launch of Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, which previously ended in a fiasco.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published a video of the launch of four missiles, which took place on May 22 from the strategic submarine cruiser of the project 955 Borey Yury Dolgoruky.
The missile was launched from an underwater position during exercises in the White Sea. According to the agency, the missile successfully hit targets at the Kura training ground in Kamchatka.
“The tactical and technical characteristics and reliability of the strategic missile submarine cruiser of project 955 Borey and the Bulava missile system were confirmed,” the statement said.
It is noted that volley fire with so many missiles on the submarines of this project was carried out for the first time.
India will not stop military-technical cooperation with Russia
India is not going to curtail military-technical cooperation with Russia amid tougher US sanctions.
This statement was made by Indian Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitaraman, reports Times of India.
“As for all our obligations to the United States, we clearly explained that cooperation between Russia and India in the defense sector has been going on for a long time, these relations have been tested by time.
We have already said that the law “On Confronting America’s Opponents with Sanctions” cannot affect cooperation with Russia, ”the official assured at a press conference.
Sitaraman added that negotiations on the supply of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to India are in the final stages.
It is expected that the issue of supplies of the S-400 Triumph for the Indian Air Force will be discussed at a meeting of the ministers of India and the USA in the 2 + 2 format, which will be held next month.
Official sources say that the agreement will be announced at the annual meeting of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin to be held in October, the newspaper notes.