WhiteKnightTwo

WhiteKnightTwo

Utilizing an open-architecture design and powered by four Pratt & Whitney turbofans, WhiteKnightTwo provides the high-altitude launch platform for SpaceShipTwo to achieve sub-orbital flight.

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

This record-breaking, single-place, aviation marvel features two external booms flanking a center pod where the pilot sits, on top of which is the aircraft's powerhouse, a Williams turbofan jet engine.

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne, the first private manned spacecraft, is a three-place, high-altitude research rocket, designed for sub-orbital flights at an altitude of 100 km and powered by a unique hybrid rocket motor.

White Knight

White Knight

Initially developed to provide a launch platform at 50,000 ft for SpaceShipOne, White Knight is a three-place, high-altitude, flexible and capable research aircraft.

Rocket Motor Ground Tests

The rocket motor main components, the composite nitrous oxidizer tank and CTN (unitized motor case/throat/nozzle) have been in development at Scaled since mid 2001. Those components passed their qualification tests by late 2002. The other motor components (controller, valve, injector, aft bulkhead, head insulation, ignition system and fuel) are being developed and tested by two competing subcontractors. The two companies are eAc and SpaceDev .

Due to the competitive nature of the current rocket ground test program, test details cannot be divulged. The following are the dates of the full-scale motor firing events. This list does not include sub-scale or cold flow tests. All these tests have used full-scale, flight-article components, mounted on our mobile rocket motor test stand. The test stand uses the same tank, CTN and adjacent structure as SpaceShipOne.

VENDOR DATE OF TEST INFORMATION
SpaceDev 21 Nov 02
eAc 16 Jan 03
eAc 22 Feb 03
SpaceDev 12 Mar 03
SpaceDev 19 Mar 03
eAc 22 Mar 03
SpaceDev 03 June 03
eAc 19 June 03
eAc 24 July 03 full-duration
SpaceDev 31 July 03 full-duration
eAc 4 Sept 03 full-duration
SpaceDev 18 Nov 03 Flight motor qualification run. A ground test to validate the first two planned powered flights of SpaceShipOne. All performance requirements and safety limits were met.
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