Seven months after making its first captive flight attached to its mother ship White Knight Two, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (aka VSS Enterprise) completed its first solo glide flight today touching down on runway 30 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
The early morning flight took place after several months of simulated practice flights in the mother ship, also known as Eve, which has an identical cockpit as the space craft.
The glide flight is a critical first step for the team at Scaled Composites which is building the space ship for Virgin Galactic. Though there has been no word from the company, it is expected the flight test development of the VSS Enterprise will be similar to that of SpaceShipOne.
On Monday night, September 20, NBC premieres its new show – The Event. The Event is a high powered television mini-series that shows the U.S. President who is given possession of a highly classified file about a program that he officially had not been made aware by his national security officials. In the NBC trailer (see below), he has a confrontation with his CIA Director, who informs the President that only those with a need-to-know were informed about the classified program.
The President declares to the CIA Director that by virtue of the office of the President, he has need-to-know. The President learns that the program involves 97 prisoners or mysterious ‘others’ being held in a secure facility in Alaska. He travels there to meet them and their leader. He then announces a major Press Conference and a failed assassination attempt then ensues.
Start: NBC September 20, 2010
Text: Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.
För svenska TV-tittare
TV-serien “The Event” visas i SVT under hösten med början på söndag 26 sep kl 21.15 i TV 1. Även i SVT1 27/9, SVT1 2/10, SVT1 3/10 och SVT24 30/10.
“The Event är tv-serien som händer här och nu. De första avsnitten är fortfarande under inspelning och inte ens skådespelarna vet vad som väntar längre fram i serien. Eftersom mycket i The Event bygger på överraskningsmoment så väljer många tv-bolag världen över att sända serien så tätt inpå som möjligt efter att avsnitten visats i USA.
– Det är förmodligen den största simultanrelease av en tv-serie som gjorts och The Event är något som det kommer snackas om jorden runt, säger Annie Wegelius, programdirektör på SVT.”