August 4: Virgin Galactic conducted the sixth glide test flight of SpaceShipTwo Unity in what it described as a "dry run" for upcoming powered flights. During this 10-minute flight, the ship carried a nearly intact propulsion system, with only the solid fuel engine casing replaced with ballast.

July 7
: NASA announced that it has selected New Mexico State University to receive grants for two projects: "Autonomous Structural Composites for Next Generation Unmanned Aircraft Systems" and "On-Orbit Structural Health Monitoring of Space Vehicles."









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Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.

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The Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space at Spaceport America, October 21, 2011, viewed from the west. Photo by Loretta Hall
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