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Test flight for Virgin space rocket

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Virgin's tourist space rocket has completed its inaugural test flight over the Californian Mojave desert.

The spaceship was strapped to the mother aircraft for the three-hour test flight and reached an altitude 45,000 ft.

Tests will continue on the VSS Enterprise until 2011, before the first commercial flights take place.

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