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09/14/2014

Wasabi Air Racing Team Takes Fourth at Reno

The Wasabi Air Racing team of Mojave, CA flew the team's aptly named "Siren" for the second time in the annual National Championship Air Races held just north of Reno, NV. Finishing four places higher and 7 mph faster than their 2013 run, Wasabi took fourth place at 229 mph. ... More
08/21/2014

2014 Mojave FAI Records Jamboree

This year in April, Scaled's Project Engineer Elliot Seguin, coordinated the second annual Mojave Experimental Fly-In, this time with a record setting component. ... More
08/19/2014

Northrop Grumman with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic Developing XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane

The three companies are collaborating on a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplan XS-1 program. ... More
07/28/2014

2014 President’s Award Recipients Announced

Northrop Grumman's President's Award recognizes exceptional performance and achievement in one of four categories: Operational Excellence, Program Excellence, Customer Excellence, and Innovation-for-Affordability Excellence. ... More
04/21/2014

Scaled’s Zach Reeder Sets Record in Rutan Catbird

Early Friday morning on April 18, 2014, Zach Reeder of Scaled Composites took off in the Rutan Catbird to attempt setting the first ever C-1c 5000 kilometer closed course record. ... More
03/27/2014

Scaled Participates In The LA County Airshow

Scaled participated in the Los Angeles County Airshow event on March 21 and 22, 2014, at Fox Field in Lancaster. ... More
09/30/2013

Mark “Forger” Stucky Receives 2013 Iven C. Kincheloe Award

Mark "Forger" Stucky, Scaled Composites' Test Pilot, was the recipient of the SETP's prestigious Iven C. Kincheloe award on Saturday, September 28, 2013. ... More
09/30/2013

Scaled Test Pilots Receive 2013 Ray E. Tenhoff Award

Mark "Forger" Stucky, Michael Alsbury, and Clint Nichols received the Ray E. Tenhoff award on Saturday, September 28, 2013. ... More
09/05/2013

Congratulations on PF02

The Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic team has successfully demonstrated a second supersonic flight. ... More
08/27/2013

ARES Airborn Again

After 6 months of down time, the Scaled Composites ARES aircraft returned to the air again on August 21, 2013. ... More
04/29/2013

Congratulations on PF01 Milestone

“I’d like to congratulate the entire team,” said President of Scaled Kevin Mickey. ... More
03/27/2013

Stratolaunch Systems’ Assembly Hangar Opens in Mojave

Stratolaunch's assembly hangar will house the world's largest aircraft during assembly and testing stages. ... More
01/31/2013

Scaled Composites Names Kevin Mickey President, Cory Bird Vice President

Scaled Composites announced today that it has named Kevin Mickey president and Cory Bird vice president, effective immediately. ... More
10/08/2012

President of Scaled Composites Awarded Prestigious James H. Doolittle Award

Doug Shane, president of Scaled Composites, was presented the prestigious 2012 James H. Doolittle Award by Society of Experimental Test Pilots on September 29 in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and engineering achievements in aerospace technology. ... More
05/30/2012

FAA Launch Permit Gives Virgin Galactic’s Space Vehicles the Green Light for Powered Flight

SpaceShipTwo Set to Go for Heavy-Weight Glide Tests with Supersonic Flight Targeted for Year End ... More
03/21/2012

Scaled Composites Career Day

On Saturday April 21, 2012, Scaled Composites, LLC will open its hangar doors to give job seekers of all backgrounds the chance to talk to our employees and see some of our unique aircraft. ... More
12/13/2011

Paul Allen Announces Revolution in Space Transportation

Stratolaunch System to bring safer, less expensive, missions. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen announced today that he and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan have reunited to develop the next generation of space travel. ... More
07/18/2011

Burt Rutan’s Final Design at Scaled Composites

Scaled Composites has developed a hybrid gasoline-electric roadable aircraft as part of an internal research and development program with the intent of strengthening its electric propulsion capabilities. The aircraft, Scaled Composites Model 367 or “BIPOD,” was the final design of Scaled’s founder and former CTO, Burt Rutan, prior to his retirement in April 2011. Rutan had been toying with the idea of personal electric aircraft, including VTOL and roadable concepts, for at least a decade. ... More
05/09/2011

Northrop Grumman Unveils Newest Intel Gathering Aircraft System

Military users will be able to get real-time high-definition video, view infrared imagery, use radar and even listen in on communications signals - all at the same time - using a new intelligence-gathering aircraft system unveiled today by Northrop Grumman Corporation. ... More
05/04/2011

SpaceShipTwo completes first feather flight

Early on Wednesday 4th May 2011, in the skies above Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, SpaceShipTwo, the world's first commercial spaceship, demonstrated its unique reentry ‘feather’ configuration for the first time. This test flight, the third in less than two weeks, marks another major milestone on the path to powered test flights and commercial operations. ... More
11/03/2010

Burt Rutan Announces Retirement Plans

Burt Rutan, founder of aerospace research firm Scaled Composites in 1982, has announced his plans to retire in April 2011. ... More
10/22/2010

Spaceport Runway Dedication Includes Sir Richard Branson and NM Governor Richardson

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority today dedicated the nearly two-mile long "Governor Bill Richardson Spaceway" at Spaceport America, representing significant progress toward launching commercial customers into space from the desert of New Mexico. ... More
10/11/2010

A statement from Burt on yesterday’s milestone

I offer my congratulations to all those on our commercial manned sub-orbital spaceship program for yesterday's milestone first flight of SpaceShipTwo. ... More
10/10/2010

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Achieves Major Milestone

VSS Enterprise achieves manned free flight from over 45,000 ft and successfully glides in 11 minutes to land at Mojave Air and Spaceport ... More
09/13/2010

UPDATE: WK2 takes to the air just over three weeks following gear incident on Flight 37

WK2 takes to the air just over three weeks following gear incident on Flight 37; all objectives successfully completed. ... More
08/19/2010

Minor WhiteKnightTwo Incident

A minor incident occurred on the runway at Mojave airport this morning, which involved a mechanical problem with the left hand-side landing gear of WhiteKnightTwo. No injuries were sustained ... More
03/22/2010

Inaugural flight of SpaceShipTwo marks a major milestone

World’s First Commercial Spaceship Takes Inaugural Flight ... More
12/07/2009

Virgin Galactic Unveils SpaceShipTwo

SpaceShipTwo (SS2) and its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) herald a new era in commercial space flight. ... More
10/06/2009

WK1 & WK2 Participate in Edwards AFB Airshow

Scaled Composites’ WhiteKnightOne and WhiteKnightTwo aircraft will be making a rare public appearance at the Edwards Air Force Base “Flight Test Nation 2009” Air Show and Open House on October 17, 2009. ... More
10/01/2009

Peter Siebold Receives 2009 Iven C. Kincheloe Award

Peter Siebold, Scaled Composites’ Director of Flight Operations, was the recipient of the Society of Experimental Pilot’s prestigious Iven C. Kincheloe award on Saturday, September 26, 2009. ... More
06/17/2009

N2O Safety Guidelines

Scaled Composites shares this information in order to help facilitate the industry’s use of N2O as a rocket motor oxidizer in as safe a manner as practical. ... More
05/28/2009

Successful SpaceShipTwo Rocket Motor Testing

Virgin Galactic today announces the successful completion of the first phase of tests of the rocket motor that will propel space tourists, scientists and payloads into space. ... More
04/23/2009

WhiteKnightTwo Flight Test Program Update

Scaled Composites has historically not released technical status information of its flight test programs while the tests are being conducted. ... More
12/23/2008

WhiteKnightTwo Makes First Flight

The WhiteKnightTwo, Scaled Model 348, made its first flight on 21 December 2008. ... More
08/15/2008

SpaceDev Joins SpaceShipTwo Team

SpaceDev, Inc. (OTCBB: SPDV) announced today that it has signed a multi-year contract with Scaled Composites, to assist Scaled in the development of a production rocket motor for the first commercial space vehicle designed for space tourism called SpaceShipTwo. ... More
08/01/2008

Accident Investigation Update

The rocket oxidizer cold-flow test accident of 26 July 2007 at Scaled Composites was a devastating event. ... More
07/28/2008

Virgin Galactic Rolls Out Mothership “Eve”

Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceShipOne designer, Burt Rutan, today pulled back the hangar doors on the new WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft that will ferry SpaceShipTwo and thousands of private astronauts, science packages and payload on the first stage of the Virgin Galactic sub‐orbital space experience. ... More
06/04/2008

Doug Shane Named President of Scaled Composites; Burt Rutan to Continue with Company as

Scaled Composites LLC has announced that Douglas B. Shane has been appointed President and will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations of the company. ... More
01/23/2008

Virgin Galactic Unveils WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic herald’s ‘The Year of the Spaceship' with the unveiling of the designs of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo. ... More
03/03/2005

GlobalFlyer Completes Solo around the World Flight

Scaled Composites would like to congratulate Steve Fossett and his team on his latest world-record milestone! ... More
10/04/2004

SpaceShipOne Flies Again Within 14 Days - Wins $10M X PRIZE

On October 4, 2004, SpaceShipOne rocketed into history, becoming the first private manned spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 328,000 feet twice within the span of a 14 day period, thus claiming the ten million dollar Ansari X-Prize. ... More
09/29/2004

SpaceShipOne Surpasses 100 Km on First X PRIZE Flight

September 29, 2004: At 8:13 this morning PDT, SpaceShipOne (SS1) coasted above the 100 km altitude point and successfully completed the first of two X-Prize flights. ... More
06/21/2004

SpaceShipOne Makes History: First Private Manned Mission to Space

The world witnessed the dawn of a new space age today, as investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and Scaled Composites launched the first private manned vehicle beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. ... More
12/17/2003

SpaceShipOne Breaks the Sound Barrier

Today, a significant milestone was achieved by Scaled Composites: The first manned supersonic flight by an aircraft developed by a small company's private, non-government effort. ... More
04/23/2001

Proteus Completes Pacific, Polar Mission

Scaled Composites' Proteus high-altitude aircraft has completed a five-week government science mission throughout the Pacific Rim ... More
09/23/1998

Proteus, A High-Altitude, Multi-Mission Aircraft

This morning Aerospace Officials from Industry and Government witnessed the unveiling of a new, special-purpose aircraft in a dramatic flight demonstration at the Mojave Airport Civilian Flight Test Center ... More
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