Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space plane has conducted the first of three key test flights that should enable it to enter commercial service. Sir Richard has some 600 paying customers waiting to take the same ride.
Virgin Galactic has reached another milestone in their fight test program. The flight took place on February 22nd and three people in the crew spent several weightless minutes aboard the spacecraft.
Virgin Galactic has been saying for some time that it will reach outer space this year, and on Thursday it came the closest it has ever gotten.
VSS Unity’s second successful, supersonic, rocket powered test flight. This is the second flight in two months for VSS Unity and it is getting very close to the final goal.
Though just a test, it’s an important milestone for the Richard Branson-led company, which aims to eventually offer suborbital flights to space tourists.
Virgin Spaceship Unity, set to begin test flights next month, includes a very special nod to the theoretical physicist.
Virgin Galactic isn't giving up: in the company's biggest announcement since the tragedy, it's unveiled VSS Unity - a spacecraft it says will open up access to space for everyone.