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    AIAA Congratulates Virgin Galactic On Successful In-Flight Test of SpaceShipTwo's Engines

    April 29, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates AIAA Corporate Member Virgin Galactic on the successful in-flight test of the engines on its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft.

    This morning’s successful test marks the first time the craft achieved rocket-powered, supersonic flight, a critical step toward future orbital testing.

    AIAA President Mike Griffin stated: “This morning’s successful test of SpaceShipTwo’s engines, showing the craft’s ability to achieve and withstand supersonic flight, marks yet another accomplishment laying the foundation for a thriving commercial space industry in the United States. Along with AIAA’s members and staff, I congratulate Sir Richard Branson and the men and women of Virgin Galactic, who are continuing to make impressive strides toward making commercial space transportation a reality.”


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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