Mark was the guest speaker at $85K Challenge 2016 Annual Awards Ceremony for Entré, a not-for-profit University of Canterbury company.
Attended the unveiling ceremony for Virgin Galactic’s “VSS Unity” spaceship. The suborbital program is back on track with test flights commencing soon.
Mark was a guest speaker at Carter Observatory’s Space and Back event in Wellington.
Mark was a guest speaker at a Kiwi Innovation Network event at Ilam House, Canterbury University.
RIP Co-Pilot Mike Alsbury, your bravery will be remembered. An amazing survival feat by Pilot Peter Siebold. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues.
Mark attended a tour of the facility at Mojave where SpaceShipTwo is being built and tested. In the evening there was a Virgin Galactic Party at the California Science Center in Los Angeles below the Endeavour space shuttle.
The first rocket-powered flight of SpaceShipTwo puts Virgin Galactic on track to commence commercial flights in 2013. The 16 second engine burn propelled the vehicle to Mach 1.2 and an altitude of 56,000 feet above the Mojave Desert.
Mark Rocket was the guest speaker for May at the Anthony Harper Inspirational Speaker Series at Canterbury University.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo engine nears completion. This is a significant milestone in the project and will pave the way for the all important powered flight tests to commence. “I think we’re nearly there,” said George Whitesides President and CEO of Virgin Galactic, “Within a month or two, we expect we’ll have an engine we can put in the [spacecraft] vehicle. We would carry on that powered flight testing into 2013 for several months leading, eventually we hope, to the start of commercial operations towards the end of 2013.”