Virgin Galactic SpaceShip2 Test Flight

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Friends and family watch as the aircraft climbs for the first powered... News PhotoAir Vehicle,California,Climbing,Family,Finance,Flying,Friendship,Horizontal,Lifestyles,Mojave Desert,Nitrous Oxide,Richard Branson,Science and Technology,Space Exploration,Space Mission,Space Vehicle,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) Friends and family watch as the aircraft climbs for 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)