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VSS Enterprise GF30

SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic

Launch Status
Success

Crew


Frederick W. Sturckow

Frederick W. Sturckow

  • Birthday: 08/11/1961
  • Role: Pilot
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 12/04/1998
  • Last Flight: 10/06/2023

Frederick Wilford “Rick” Sturckow is an Engineer, retired United States Marine Corps officer, former NASA astronaut, and commercial spacecraft pilot. Sturckow is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions. He flew on STS-88 and STS-105 as a pilot and STS-117 and STS-128 as a commander. All four missions docked with the International Space Station, making Sturckow one of two people to visit the station four times. Sturckow later was assigned to the Johnson Space Center as a CAPCOM. He left NASA in 2013 to become a pilot for Virgin Galactic.

Peter Siebold

Peter Siebold

  • Birthday: 01/01/1971
  • Role: Pilot
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 10/10/2010
  • Last Flight: 10/31/2014

Peter Siebold is a member of the Scaled Composites astronaut team. He is their Director of Flight Operations was one of the test pilots for SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo. On October 31, 2014, Peter Siebold and Michael Alsbury were piloting the SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise on flight PF04, when the craft came apart in mid-air and then crashed, killing Alsbury and injuring Siebold.

Mission


VSS Enterprise GF30

  • Type: Test Flight
  • Orbit: Suborbital

Free glide test flight of VSS Enterprise.

Location


Mojave Air and Space Port

Air launch to Suborbital flight

Mojave Air and Space Port has witnessed the launch of 53 rockets, including 0 orbital launch attempts, while Air launch to Suborbital flight, has been the site for 84 rocket launches.

Mojave Air and Space Port

Rocket


Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

The Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is an air-launched suborbital spaceplane type designed for space tourism. It is manufactured by The Spaceship Company, a California-based company owned by Virgin Galactic.

SpaceShipTwo

Agency


Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic is an American spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists. Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spacecraft are air launched from beneath a carrier airplane known as White Knight Two.

Virgin Galactic
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