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Test flight for Virgin space rocket


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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