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WhiteKnightTwo Flight Test Summaries

The following list includes summaries of the flight test activity of the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) aircraft. WhiteKnightTwo is the mothership aircraft for SpaceShipTwo (SS2) and potentially other large payloads. It is equipped with many common system components to SS2 (cabin, ECS, speed-brake actuators, avionics, trim servos, air data, test data, video and TM). Thus, the flight test program of WK2 includes many tests that focus on SS2 systems qualification and maturity.
Flight Test Legend: CC = Captive Carry
GF = Glide Flight
P = Powered Flight
GC = Aborted Glide Flight

Flight: 95
Date: 5 Sep 12 Flight Time: 3.1 hr
WK2 Pilot: Colmer WK2 CoPilot: Stucky WK2 FTE: Withrow

Objectives:
Virgin Galactic WK2 pilot proficiency
Simulated engine out minimum control speed testing
Communication and radio navigation system performance testing

Results:
Static and dynamic Vmca test points completed at maximum continuous thrust at a build-up altitude. Long range VOR and communication performance successfully verified. ILS guidance and performance verified throughout the localizer coverage pattern.

Flight: 94
Date: 22 Aug 12 Flight Time: 1.3 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Maisler WK2 FTE: Bassett

Objectives:
Evaluate fuel ejector pump upgrade
Pilot proficiency

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 93 / GF22
Date: 11 Aug 12 Flight Time: 1.5 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis WK2 FTE: Inks

Objectives:
SS2 release mission
Pilot proficiency

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 92 / GF21
Date: 7 Aug 12 Flight Time: 1.5 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Binnie WK2 FTE: Reeder

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 91 / GF20
Date: 2 Aug 12 Flight Time: 1.6 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Mackay WK2 FTE: Bassett

Objectives:
SS2 release mission
Evaluate horizontal tail thermal protection

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 90 / GF19
Date: 18 Jul 12 Flight Time: 2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Maisler WK2 FTE: Seguin

Objectives:
SS2 release mission
Fly a no-guidance SS2 approach
CoPilot training

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 89 / CC16
Date: 16 Jul 12 Flight Time: 1.7 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Maisler WK2 FTE: Knupp
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Nichols

Objectives:
SS2 release mission
CoPilot training

Results:
Due to out of limit winds, conducted simulated mission.

Flight: 88 / GF18
Date: 29 Jun 12 Flight Time: 1.1 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Glaser

Objectives:
SS2 release mission
GF crew mission practice

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 87 / GF17
Date: 26 Jun 12 Flight Time: 1.8 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Mackay WK2 FTE: Morgan

Objectives:
SS2 release mission
GF crew mission practice

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 86
Date: 21 June 12 Flight Time: 2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Colmer WK2 FTE: Tighe

Objectives:
Virgin Galactic WK2 pilot proficiency and joint SS2 GF pilot proficiency
Fuel systems testing.

Results:
System testing complete and multiple simulated SS2 approaches flown.


Flight: 85
Date: 15 Jun 12 Flight Time: 1.5 hr
WK2 Pilot: Mackay WK2 CoPilot: Stucky WK2 FTE: Vannoy

Objectives:
Virgin Galactic WK2 pilot proficiency and joint SS2 GF pilot proficiency

Results:
Conducted multiple instrument approaches and touch and goes at multiple airports.


Flight: 84
Date: 12 Jun 12 Flight Time: 2.2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Colmer WK2 FTE: Zeeb

Objectives:
Pilot familiarization
Cold soak gear behavior
Fuel inlet temps
Dump valve evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 83 / CC15
Date: 8 Jun 12 Flight Time: 2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Mackay WK2 FTE: Morgan
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Alsbury

Objectives:
Rehearsal for glide flight
Damper system bypass mode evaluation
New stabilizer controller checkout
New MFD software checkout
New DAU checkout
WK2 landing gear cold soak

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 82
Date: 2 Jun 12 Flight Time: 1 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Alsbury WK2 FTE: Verderame

Objectives:
Pilot proficiency

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 81
Date: 2 Jun 12 Flight Time: 1 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Verderame

Objectives:
Pilot proficiency
Spoil flap evaluation
Cold soak gear extension retraction
CoPilot brake evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 80
Date: 16 May 12 Flight Time: 0.8 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Colmer WK2 FTE: Inks

Objectives:
Pilot familiarization
Cold soak gear extension retraction
Dump valve evaluation

Results:
Primary objectives achieved. Early return due to increasing surface winds.


Flight: 79
Date: 12 Apr 12 Flight Time: 2.9 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Siebold WK2 FTE: Glaser

Objectives:
Fuel cooler testing
Cold soak gear extension retraction
Pilot proficiency

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 77-78
Date: 6 Dec 11 Flight Time: 4.6 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Glaser

Objectives:
Cold soak gear extension retraction
Pilot proficiency

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 76 / CC14
Date: 19 Oct 11 Flight Time: 3.2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Mackay WK2 FTE: Nichols
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Binnie SS2 FTE: Tighe

Objectives:
SS2 systems cold soak testing
SS2 cabin environmental testing
Pilot proficiency

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 75 / CC14
Date: 17 Oct 11 Flight Time: 0.3 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Mackay WK2 FTE: Nichols

Objectives:
Spaceport America demonstration

Results:
Successful demonstration.

Flight: 74 / CC13
Date: 16 Oct 11 Flight Time: 2.8 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Mackay WK2 FTE: Nichols
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Binnie SS2 FTE: Tighe

Objectives:
SS2 systems cold soak testing
SS2 3rd seat evaluation
Spaceport America operations and facility evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 73 / GF16
Date: 29 Sep 11 Flight Time: 1.7 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Mackay WK2 FTE: Knupp

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 72
Date: 31 Aug 11 Flight Time: 3.1 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Mackay WK2 FTE: Tighe
GS Crew: Stucky, Glaser, Persall, Reid, Inks

Objectives:
Continued engine fuel inlet cooler performance testing at additional altitudes
Flutter data repeatability at high altitude
Anti-skid operational check and data collection
Micro g parabola profile refinement and pilot proficiency
High altitude gear extension
Pilot proficiency/New pilot checkout

Results:
All objectives achieved. Better engine fuel inlet cooler performance. Three micro g parabolas executed. Excellent performance from new pilot.

Flight: 71
Date: 18 Aug 11 Flight Time: 3.2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Reid
GS Crew: Tighe, Glaser, Persall, Siebold, Inks

Objectives:
Continued engine fuel inlet cooler performance testing at additional altitudes
Flutter data collection at high altitude
Anti-skid operational check and data collection
Micro g parabola profile refinement and pilot proficiency
SS2 pylon release mechanism test fire at low temperatures

Results:
All objectives achieved. Engine fuel inlet cooler will receive continued refinement. Anti-skid operated as expected. 6 micro g parabolas executed. SS2 pylon release mechanism functioned properly at low temperatures.

Flight: 70
Date: 17 Aug 11 Flight Time: 1.1 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Inks
GS Crew: Tighe

Objectives:
Landing gear functional check
Engine fuel inlet cooler performance testing
Micro g parabola investigation
Medium speed anti-skid operational check and data collection

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 69
Date: 11 Aug 11 Flight Time: 2.1 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Reid
GS Crew: Tighe, Glaser, Persall, Siebold, and Inks

Objectives:
Engine fuel inlet cooler performance testing
Flutter susceptibility data collection
Anti-Skid operational check and data collection

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 68 / GF15
Date: 27 Jun 11 Flight Time: 1.9 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Alsbury WK2 FTE: Seguin
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Binnie

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 67 / GF14
Date: 23 Jun 11 Flight Time: 1.6 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Binnie WK2 FTE: Maisler
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Nichols

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 66 / GF13
Date: 21 Jun 11 Flight Time: 1.5 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis WK2 FTE: Seguin
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Nichols

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 65 / GF12
Date: 15 Jun 11 Flight Time: 1.9 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis WK2 FTE: Persall
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Nichols

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 64 / GF11
Date: 14 Jun 11 Flight Time: 1.2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Binnie WK2 FTE: M. Stinemetze
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Shane

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 63
Date: 10 Jun 11 Flight Time: 0.2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Inks

Objectives:
Full-pedal maximum pilot effort anti-skid braking demonstration from a maximum gross weight landing.

Results:
This flight was a very successful culmination of the previous days' ground and taxi tests that verified the functionality of the anti-skid system. The system functioned as designed without any wheel lock-ups or flattened tires.


Flight: 62 / CC12
Date: 9 Jun 11 Flight Time: 1.4 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Binnie WK2 FTE: Seguin
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Shane

Objectives:
Continued flutter susceptibility envelope expansion

Results:
Flight terminated due to abnormal release system behavior. Post flight inspection revealed cause and confirmed the system stayed in a safe state throughout the flight.


Flight: 61 / GF10
Date: 25 May 11 Flight Time: 1.83 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis WK2 FTE: Reid
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Binnie

Objectives:
Launch space ship above 50,000 feet and then perform as high chase

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 60 / GF09
Date: 19 May 11 Flight Time: 1.38 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Knupp WK2 FTE: M. Stinemetze
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Binnie

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 59 / GF08
Date: 10 May 11 Flight Time: 1.42 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Binnie WK2 FTE: M. Stinemetze
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Shane

Objectives:
SS2 release mission
SS2 photo/safety chase

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 58 / GF07
Date: 4 May 11 Flight Time: 2.03 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Maisler WK2 FTE: Inks
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Nichols

Objectives:
SS2 release mission
SS2 photo/safety chase

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 57 / GF06
Date: 27 Apr 11 Flight Time: 1.26 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Persall
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Alsbury

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives met.


Flight: 56 / GF05
Date: 22 Apr 11 Flight Time: 1.4 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis WK2 FTE: Inks
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Shane

Objectives:
ECS evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 55 / CC11
Date: 14 Apr 11 Flight Time: 3.67 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Maisler WK2 FTE: Tighe
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis
GS Crew: Persall

Objectives:
Pilot proficiency
Photo chase
SS2 systems checkouts

Results:
Great pictures and successful systems tests.


Flight: 54
Date: 11 Apr 11 Flight Time: 1.76 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Shane WK2 FTE: J. Stinemetze
GS Crew: Tighe

Objectives:
Pilot proficiency
Brake energy test

Results:
9 approaches flown. All objectives achieved.


Flight: 53 / CC10
Date: 7 Apr 11 Flight Time: 1.35 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Alsbury WK2 FTE: Maisler
GS Crew: Tighe

Objectives:
Speed-power
Return from SFO Terminal 2 grand opening event

Results:
WK2 and SS2 returned home to Mojave Air and Space Port.


Flight: 52 / CC09
Date: 6 Apr 11 Flight Time: 2.83 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Alsbury WK2 FTE: Maisler
GS Crew: Tighe

Objectives:
Rudder trim evaluation
Formation flight with Virgin America A320 over the Golden Gate bridge
SFO Terminal 2 grand opening event

Results:
The Virgin America A320 and WK2 flew in formation with photo chase over the Golden Gate bridge and performed simultaneous landings on runways 28L and 28R at SFO.


Flight: 51
Date: 30 Mar 11 Flight Time: 1.7 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Stucky WK2 FTE: Inks
GS Crew: Tighe

Objectives:
Gear modifications evaluation
GF05 simulated SS2 descent
Pilot proficiency

Results:
All objectives achieved. Multiple ILS approaches flown at surrounding airports. Multiple SS2 approaches flown for proficiency.


Flight: 50
Date: 30 Mar 11 Flight Time: 3.25 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Maisler WK2 FTE: Inks
GS Crew: Binnie, Tighe, Morgan, Kelley, Persall, Reid

Objectives:
Gear modifications evaluation
GF05 simulated SS2 descent
Pilot proficiency
ECS and payload bleed evaluation
INS air align evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved. Gear modifications successfully tested with 15 cycles at various speeds and altitude. Multiple ILS approaches flown at surrounding airports. Multiple SS2 approaches flown for proficiency.


Flight: 49 / 05GC (CC08)
Date: 15 Feb 11 Flight Time: 1.83 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Inks
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Alsbury
GS Crew: Binnie, Tighe, Basset, Verderame, Maisler, Kelley, Reid, Zeitlin, Knupp, Cassebeer

Objectives:
Clean release
Expand flutter envelope
Weight expansion
Pilot proficiency

Results:
Due to deteriorating weather, conducted simulated mission and systems testing.


Flight: 48 / 05GC (CC07)
Date: 14 Feb 11 Flight Time: 1.35 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Inks
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Alsbury
GS Crew: Binnie, Tighe, Basset, Verderame, Maisler, Kelley, Reid, Zeitlin, Knupp, Cassebeer

Objectives:
Clean release
Expand flutter envelope
Weight expansion
Pilot proficiency

Results:
Due to out of limit winds, conducted simulated mission and systems testing.


Flight: 47 / GF04
Date: 13 Jan 11 Flight Time: 1.4 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Alsbury WK2 FTE: Knupp
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Nichols

Objectives:
SS2 release
Touch-and-Gos'

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 46
Date: 3 Dec 10 Flight Time: 2.5 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Knupp
GS Crew: Maisler

Objectives:
Window fogging evaluation
SS2 glide flight and WK2 pilot and co-pilot landing proficiency

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 45 / GF03
Date: 17 Nov 10 Flight Time: 2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Alsbury WK2 FTE: Morgan
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Nichols

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 44 / GF02
Date: 28 Oct 10 Flight Time: 1.1 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Tighe
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Alsbury

Objectives:
SS2 release mission

Results:
All objectives achieved.


Flight: 43 / CC06
Date: 22 Oct 10 Flight Time: 3.4 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Inks
GS Crew: Kelley, Kalogiannis, Tighe

Objectives:
Return flight from Spaceport America runway dedication event
Instrument approach currency
SS2 approach practice

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: F42 / CC05
Date: 22 Oct 10 Flight Time: 3.4 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Inks
GS Crew: Kelley, Kalogiannis, Tighe

Objectives:
First SS2 cross country flight
Spaceport America runway dedication event
Environmental control system high-altitude stress test
Extended flight in instrument meteorological conditions
SS2 approach replication

Results:
All objectives achieved.

Flight: 41 / GF01
Date: 10 Oct 10 Flight Time: 1.5 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis WK2 FTE: Persall
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Alsbury

Objectives:
SS2 launch mission
NM flight maneuver practice

Results:
All objectives achieved. Launched SS2 at 46,000 ft. Practiced flight maneuver routine for NM.


Flight: 40
Date: 5 Oct 10 Flight Time: 2 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Alsbury FTE: Tighe

Objectives:
SS2 release dry run
Glide flight practice
SS2 approach simulations
Crew proficiency
ECS testing

Results:
All objectives achieved. Rehearsal SS2 mission performed. Three simulated SS2 approaches to low approaches followed by a full stop landing.


Flight: 39 / CC04
Date: 30 Sept 10 Flight Time: 5 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis WK2 FTE: Persall
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Alsbury

Objectives:
SS2 systems evaluation
TM performance
SS2 flutter evaluation
Pilot proficiency
SS2 approach evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved. Rehearsal mission to evaluate team and systems for early glides was performed. Simulated SS2 mission was flown to low approach. WK2 systems functioned as desired to support SS2 glide mission.


Flight: 38
Date: 13 Sept 10 Flight Time: 2.5 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Stucky FTE: Inks

Objectives:
Fixed gear performance
Simulated SS2 glide mission
Simulated SS2 approaches
Pilot T&G proficiency (normal patterns)
Pylon evaluation
Rudder repair evaluation
Lateral stability evaluation
ECS performance evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved. Two SS2 approaches to low approach. Two touch-and-go approaches. One full stop. Fixes/modifications cleared for SS2 ops.


Flight: 37
Date: 19 Aug 10 Flight Time: 1.5 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Zeitlin

Objectives:
Dark cockpit APU start
Rudder centering test
Simulated SS2 glide mission
Simulated SS2 approaches
Pilot proficiency

Results:
All flight objectives achieved. On the fifth touch-and-go, a minor incident occurred on the runway at Mojave airport, which involved a mechanical problem with the left hand-side landing gear of WK2. The aircraft was braked to maintain centerline, meanwhile, the engines and systems were secured. No injuries were sustained.


Flight: 36
Date: 18 Aug 10 Flight Time: 3.9 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Alsbury FTE: Maisler

Objectives:
APU ground and air evaluation (to include aircraft engine restarts at high altitude)
Spoil/flap envelope expansion
ECS data collection
SS2 GF01 mission practice
SS2 approach practice
Crew proficiency and training
Ongoing WK2 system evaluations

Results:
All objectives achieved. Five SS2 approaches flown. Eight WK2 practice landings flown.


Flight: 35
Date: 11 Aug 10 Flight Time: 3.7 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Alsbury FTE: Agold

Objectives:
SS2 GF01 mission practice
SS2 approach practice
Crew proficiency and training
Ongoing WK2 system evaluations

Results:
All objectives achieved. Nine SS2 approaches flown.


Flight: 34
Date: 3 Aug 10 Flight Time: 5.8 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Maisler

Objectives:
SS2 GF01 mission practice
SS2 approach practice
Crew proficiency and training

Results:
All objectives achieved. Sixteen practice landings flown. Seven simulated SS2 approaches flown.


Flight: 33 / CC03
Date: 15 Jul 10 Flight Time: 6.2 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Kalogiannis WK2 FTE: Maisler
SS2 Pilot: Siebold SS2 CoPilot: Alsbury

Objectives:
SS2 manned captive carry
Mated flutter evaluation
SS2 systems evaluation
SS2 mission rehearsal

Results:
Objectives achieved. Pilots in SS2 evaluated the systems and procedures for the upcoming glide flights. A simulated SS2 mission was flown from release down to low approach. Performed low approach then full stop on Runway 30.


Flight: 32
Date: 1 Jul 10 Flight Time: 5.3 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Stucky FTE: Harvey

Objectives:
SS2 GF01 mission practice
SS2 approach practice
Crew proficiency and training

Results:
All objectives achieved. Multiple SS2 approaches flown.


Flight: 31
Date: 30 Jun 10 Flight Time: 5.3 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Siebold FTE: Agold

Objectives:
Payload ECS heat characterization
SS2 release dry run
SS2 GF01 mission practice
SS2 approach practice
Crew proficiency and training

Results:
All objectives achieved. Multiple SS2 approaches flown to touchdown.


Flight: 30
Date: 24 Jun 10 Flight Time: 2 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Alsbury FTE: Reeder

Objectives:
SS2 approach simulations
GF01 glide card practice
Crew proficiency and training

Results:
All objectives achieved. Multiple SS2 approaches flown to touchdown.


Flight: 29
Date: 24 Jun 10 Flight Time: 3.4 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Persall

Objectives:
SS2 release dry run
SS2 GF01 mission practice
SS2 approach practice
Crew proficiency and training

Results:
All objectives achieved. Multiple SS2 approaches flown to touchdown.


Flight: 28
Date: 15 Jun 10 Flight Time: 5.3 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Stucky FTE: M. Stinemetze

Objectives:
SS2 mission practice
ECS evaluation
Control evaluation
Low fuel evaluation
Window fog evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved. Climed to 51,500 ft and the ECS performed flawlessly. Flew cross-country to descend over the Pacific to evaluate window fogging. Upon return to the desert, performed controls evaluation which showed good positive control with power loss. Performed "roller coasters" (45° climb, low g pushover followed by 30° nose low dive) to evaluate low fuel states. Touch-and-gos' were uneventful. Full stop landing on Rwy 26.


Flight: 27 / CC02
Date: 16 May 10 Flight Time: 4.7 hr
WK2 Pilot: Siebold WK2 CoPilot: Stucky WK2 FTE: Maisler

Objectives:
SS2 pressurization evaluation
SS2 electrical system evaluation
SS2 avionics performance evaluation
SS2 approaches
Post-Flight cold soaked systems testing

Results:
All objectives achieved. SS2 was pressurized and powered from the mothership in flight. Peak altitude was 51,000 ft which allowed for a long cold-soak to evaluate the robustness of the hardware. A simulated Spaceship descent/glide mission was made from altitude to high key. Several approaches followed for pilot training/proficiency.


Flight: 26
Date: 1 May 10 Flight Time: 5.5 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Shane FTE: Maisler

Objectives:
New hydraulic speedbrake evaluation
Pylon on altitude envelope expansion
SS2 mission practice
Pilot qualitative evaluation

Results:
All objectives achieved. New hydraulically actuated speedbrakes performed as designed. Expanded envelope with pylon installed to 51,000 ft. SS2 approaches flown to RWY 30. For the first time on the program, crew landed on the shorter, narrower 26 RWY.


Flight: 25 / CC01
Date: 22 Mar 10 Flight Time: 2.9 hr
WK2 Pilot: Stucky WK2 CoPilot: Nichols WK2 FTE: Kalogiannis

Objectives:
Captive taxi handling
Speed/altitude envelope expansion
Captive performance, stability and control evaluation
SS2 systems evaluation
Photo and video

Results:
All objectives achieved. Systems performed as designed. Kudos to the entire team for executing an exceptionally clean and successful first captive flight!


Flight: 24
Date: 4 Mar 10 Flight Time: 3.7 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Kalogiannis

Objectives:
Nosegear mod evaluation
Pylon evaluation
ECS evaluation

Results:
Objectives met. Successful evaluation of launch pylon effect on aircraft performance, handling and controls. Fired pylon mechanism in flight for first time.


Flight: 23
Date: 28 Jan 10 Flight Time: 3.1 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Binnie FTE: Kalogiannis

Objectives:
Launch pylon envelope expansion and performance effects
Landing gear door evaluation
SpaceShipTwo approach guidance evaluation
Pilot proficiency

Results:
Launch pylon and gear doors performed well. Multiple SpaceShipTwo approaches flown.


Flight: 22
Date: 17 Oct 09 Flight Time: 1.2 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Kalogiannis FTE: M. Stinemetze

Objectives:
Spoilflap loads data
Continued ECS testing
GPS airspeed calibration
Return from Edwards Air Show

Results:
Objectives achieved. Airborne pickup and unrestricted climb departure from Edwards Open House with WK.
Flight: 21
Date: 17 Oct 09 Flight Time: 1.3 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Kalogiannis FTE: M. Stinemetze

Objectives:
Spoilflap loads data
ECS evaluation
GPS airspeed calibration
Roll effects of angle of attack
Edwards Air Show practice

Results:
GPS airspeed cal and approaches scrubbed for time. Other objectives achieved. Demo performed on arrival to Edwards Air Force Base "Flight Test Nation" Open House/Air Show.
Flight: 20
Date: 15 Oct 09 Flight Time: 3.5 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Kalogiannis FTE: M. Stinemetze

Objectives:
Modified spoilflap envelope expansion
Pressurization/ECS functionality with SS2 valves to 50,000 ft
Landing gear/spoilflap cold soak extension retraction
Fuel system temperature evaluation
Avionics and instrument approach checkout
Aircrew proficiency
Edwards Air Show practice

Results:
Objectives achieved.
Flight: 19
Date: 1 August 09 Flight Time: 5.1 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Morgan

Objectives:
Return to Mojave

Results:
Evaluated systems functionality and performance on return trip to Mojave.
Flight: 18
Date: 31 July 09 Flight Time: 0.2 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Morgan

Objectives:
Oshkosh demo flight

Results:
Demo flight performed.
Flight: 17
Date: 28 July 09 Flight Time: 0.2 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Branson

Objectives:
Oshkosh demo flight

Results:
Demo flight performed.
Flight: 16
Date: 27 July 09 Flight Time: 5.5 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Morgan

Objectives:
Cross country to Oshkosh AirVenture

Results:
Evaluated systems functionality and performance on trip to Oshkosh. Arrived at KOSH and performed short demo flight.
Flight: 15
Date: 21 July 09 Flight Time: 5.7 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: Morgan

Objectives:
Oshkosh dress rehersal

Results:
Objectives achieved. Practiced all procedures and plans in preparation for our long cross country to the Oshkosh AirVenture Convention. Practiced demo flight after simulated mission profile.
Flight: 14
Date: 17 July 09 Flight Time: 0.9 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Siebold FTE: None

Objectives:
Evaluate new DAS build
Instrument approach practice
FAA monitored flight for pilot "Type Rating"

Results:
All objectives completed. Rating Issued.
Flight: 13
Date: 14 July 09 Flight Time: 5 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Siebold FTE: None

Objectives:
Evaluate control surface mods
Evaluate pitot probe relocation
Instrument approach practice
Pilot LOA practice

Results:
All objectives completed. Peak altitude for flight 51,000 ft. Instrument approaches practiced. LOA maneuvers practiced.
Flight: 12
Date: 9 July 09 Flight Time: 4.5 hr
Pilot: Stucky CoPilot: Siebold FTE: Nichols

Objectives:
ECS evaluation
Third seat evaluation
Performance
Landing gear envelope expansion

Results:
All objectives completed. ECS shows exceptional cabin heating and cooling capability. Third seat adequate for test engineer duties. Gear extended out to 160 KEAS. Peak altitude for flight 51,000 ft. Instrument approach and touch-and-go at Victorville.
Flight: 11
Date: 20 June 09 Flight Time: 3 hr (planned)
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: None

Objectives:
Flyby at Los Cruses, NM in support of Spaceport America event
Instrument approaches

Results:
Despite mechanical issues the day before, the Scaled team was able to turn the jet around for a Saturday morning demo at Los Cruses. Several flybys and approaches were performed for spectators in support of the Spaceport America groundbreaking. Systems were evaluated on the high altitude return leg to Mojave. One simulated approach was made to runway 26 before landing on 30.
Flight: 10
Date: 19 June 09 Flight Time: 6 hr (planned)
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: None

Objectives:
To evaluate performance, stability and control, and cold soak effects on first long cross country
Flyby at Spaceport America as able

Results:
En route testing above 40,000 ft was uneventful. During the descent toward the Spaceport America groundbreaking we experienced a failure of a speedbrake actuator. Based on facilities available and logistics for our ground crew, the pilots elected to make a precautionary landing at Williams Gateway airport near Phoenix. Our ground crew is on site and we hope to return to Mojave either this afternoon or tomorrow morning.
Flight: 09
Date: 15 June 09 Flight Time: 7.5 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Stucky FTE: None

Objectives:
Weight expansion at mid cg
Further pressurization/ECS functionality checks to 51,000 ft
Speed envelope expansion
Airborne engine relights

Results:
All objectives completed. Pressurization and ECS worked as designed. Speed envelope expanded with the gear up to 370 KTAS. Peak altitudes increased to 52,400 ft. Performance, stability and handling evaluation performed at altitude. Engines were shut down and restarted per plan. Practiced instrument approaches.
Flight: 08
Date: 11 June 09 Flight Time: 1 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Nichols FTE: None

Objectives:
FAA monitored flight for issuance of pilot letter of authorization

Results:
Letter of authorization issued
Flight: 07
Date: 8 June 09 Flight Time: 6.1 hr
Pilot: Siebold CoPilot: Alsbury FTE: None

Objectives:
Weight expansion at mid cg
Further pressurization/ECS functionality checks to 45,000 ft
Speed envelope expansion
G envelope expansion
Airborne engine relights

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