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Sep 2004 Scaled Composites Ansari X-Prize flight 1 103Km

Control issue in boost (spinning)

Oct 2004 Scaled Composites Ansari X-Prize flight 2 112Km
Aug 2005 XCOR Oshkosh Airshow, Wisconsin XCOR’s EZ-Rocket
Jul 2007 Scaled Composites Engine ground test accident; explosion – 3 scientists’ dead A ‘cold-flow’ test that was to study oxidiser flows into a ‘balance chamber’ without rocket motor ignition
Aug 2008 XCOR EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Airshow, Wisconsin XCOR’s second prototype vehicle, the X-Racer competed at the Rocket Racing League flying 3 times
Sep 2008 Armadillo Aerospace Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander Prize – flight 1
Oct 2008 Armadillo Aerospace Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander Prize – flight 2
Dec 2008 XCOR Firing of the 5K18 main rocket engine. Company on hold due funding issues since 2016
Jan 2013 Armadillo Aerospace Flight Test incident Unmanned flight test loss of control – company folded
June 2011 Copenhagen Suborbitals Initial Flight Test Unmanned sea-launch
Aug 2011 Blue Origin Flight Test incident Unmanned flight test loss of control
Jul 2012 Copenhagen Suborbitals 2nd Flight Test incident Unmanned sea-launch partial success but nosecone came off
June 2013 Copenhagen Suborbitals 3rd Flight Test success Unmanned sea-launch success to 8Km
Oct 2014 Scaled Composites Powered Flight Test Accident – 1 pilot dead Break up due to inadvertent operation of the Feathering device
April 2015 Blue Origin Pretty successful Flight Test to 93.6km New Shepard with BE-3 engine – flight took 6 minutes. Booster separated but hydraulic failure of fin controls meant hard landing
Nov 2015 Blue Origin Successful Flight Test Historic return landing of Booster (100.5km)
Jan 2016 Blue Origin Successful Flight Test ‘Launch, Land, Repeat’ (101.7km)
Feb 2016 Virgin Galactic Unveiling of SSS2 VSS Unity Will begin testing again – awaiting powered flight
Apr 2016 Blue Origin Successful Flight Test ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ (103km)
June 2016 Blue Origin Successful Flight Test One ‘Chute Out
Oct 2016 Blue Origin Successful Flight Test In-flight Escape Test
Dec 2016 Virgin Galactic First Flight Test of SS2 VSS Unity Glide – unpowered
May 2017 Virgin Galactic 2nd Flight Test of SS2 VSS Unity Glide – unpowered
June 2017 Virgin Galactic 3rd Flight Test of SS2 VSS Unity Glide – unpowered
Aug 2017 Virgin Galactic 4th Flight Test of SS2 VSS Unity Glide – unpowered, rocket motor fitted