Published: Oct 10, 2010 9:15 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 10, 2010 6:15 PM EDT

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo has made its first solo glide flight.
      
SpaceShipTwo was carried aloft 45,000 feet Sunday morning by its mothership and released over the Mojave Desert.
      
Company officials say SpaceShipTwo then landed at an airport runway on its own followed by the mothership. The entire flight took about 25 minutes.
      
SpaceShipTwo is undergoing rigorous testing before it can carry tourists to space. In the latest test, SpaceShipTwo did not fire its rocket engine to climb to space.