Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for the First Time

Galtero Lara
Diciembre 16, 2018

Yes, you or I (as long as we have the cash) could soon be able to fly to space!

SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk, and Boeing are under contract with NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, the orbiting laboratory, by as early as next year. Mr Branson originally envisaged fleets of spaceships sending passengers into space by 2007. Branson is now in a race with SpaceX's Elon Musk and Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos to be the first to carry private tourists to space.

So, who knows, someday space flights may be a new vacation idea for all of us.

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket reaches space.

That got the VSS Unity to an altitude of 51.4 miles (82.7 kilometers) at the top of its arc.

Between Space X and the Virgin Galactic program, there seems to definitely be something of a space race on our hands.

Slung underneath the jet-powered mothership named Eve, Unity took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in the California desert. The rocket plane climbed over 50 miles - considered by some agencies the beginning of space - and captured a stunning video of the earth from its location (above).

He said: "The now-astronauts, who were pilots before, had this incredible experience, being in space... and had the ride of a lifetime".

George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, added, "What we witnessed today is more compelling evidence that commercial space is set to become one of the twenty-first century's defining industries".

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"Reusable vehicles built and operated by private companies are about to transform our business and personal lives in ways which are as yet hard to imagine".

However, the endeavor isn't only a commercial one - the spaceship will also be used for research.

In July, after burning its rocket motor for 42 seconds, Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity reached a height of 32 miles, a part of the atmosphere called the mesosphere. Virgin celebrated the vessel's first encounter with space, but the company is using the loosest definition of "space".

SpaceX and Northrop Grumman operate cargo ships that launch from the United States, toting supplies and food to the space station, but not people.

The successful test flight of Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo to suborbital space on Thursday was followed up by a heart-warming, on-the-ground proposal.

Branson told CNN in November he hoped to send people to space "before Christmas".

Nonetheless, despite this misfortune, more than 600 people have already bought tickets or put down deposits, said Sir Richard.

"Commercial space has great potential for American economic and innovative leadership", Elwell said.

Hundreds watched the space tourism plane take off at 7.10am and successfully land back at the test centre, which Branson described as "a relief".

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