Virgin Galactic SpaceShip2 Test Flight

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Designer Burt Rutan shares his joy watching SS2 powered flight next... News PhotoBestof,Burt Rutan,California,Design Professional,Finance,Founder,Horizontal,Joy,Lifestyles,Mojave Desert,Nitrous Oxide,Richard Branson,Science and Technology,Space Exploration,Space Mission,Space Vehicle,Topics,Topix,Transportation,Travel,USA,Virgin Galactic,Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwoPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Virgin GalacticMOJAVE, CA - APRIL 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SUBJECT SPECIFIC TV BROADCAST DOCUMENTARIES OR BOOK USE) Designer Burt Rutan shares his joy watching SS2 powered flight next to X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis during the first powered flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013 in Mojave, California. SpaceShipTwo is a private enterprise aircraft, designed to carry paying passengers into space. The spacecraft was dropped from the mothership at high altitude and fired it's engine for a approximate 16-second burn taking the craft through the sound barrier. The hybrid rocket motor is fueled by nitrous oxide and a rubber propellent combination. The motor can be 'shut down' at any time for safety and flight requirement purposes. (Photo by Jason DiVenere/Virgin Galactic/Getty Images)