Virgin Galactic wants to make sure people know its first powered SpaceShipTwo (SS2) flight is coming soon. Yesterday the company tweeted a photo of what it called the second “in a short series of final tests” of the vehicle’s hybrid rocket motor prior to that first flight:
The 2nd in short series of final tests prior to SS2′s 1st rocket-powered flight. <3 the photo, <3 the data even more. twitter.com/virgingalactic…
— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) March 13, 2013
The company didn’t provide any additional information about the test,
including even when exactly it took place beyond that it took place last Friday, March 8 (according to the caption on a Facebook posting of the photo, as a reader noted in the comments to this post.) Last week Virgin announced the first test in this series, which took place February 28, via a blog post by Sir Richard Branson. That test, although not the one the company announced yesterday, now appears on the RocketMotorTwo test log.