Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic venture unveiled its new passenger spacecraft on Friday, nearly 16 months after a fatal accident destroyed its sister ship during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert. The rollout of the gleaming craft, dubbed Virgin Space Ship Unity, marks Mr Branson's return to a race among rival billionaire entrepreneurs to develop a vehicle that can take thrill-seekers, researchers and commercial customers on short hops into space. The ship was painted bright white on its front section, fading to gray and black toward the tail.
The era of space tourism is drawing closer. Virgin Galactic, on its fifth supersonic, rocket-powered test flight, successfully sent passenger Beth Moses, the company's chief astronaut instructor, to the edge of space, the first non-pilot to ever fly on a commercial aircraft. The flight marks the second time the company has reached the landmark height.
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SpaceShipTwo is carried to its launch altitude by a Scaled Composites White Knight Twobefore being released to fly on into the upper atmosphere powered by its rocket engine. It then glides back to Earth and performs a conventional runway landing. The Spaceship Company licenses this technology from Mojave Aerospace Venturesa joint venture of Paul Allen and Burt Rutanthe designer of the predecessor technology. SpaceShipTwo is a low-aspect-ratio passenger spaceplane.
A fleet of privately financed spaceships is emerging. It heralds a new business in space travel. THE way Will Whitehorn tells it, the story began in in Mojave, California, on a visit to Scaled Composites, a company with a reputation for designing and building futuristic and sometimes wacky-looking aircraft.
Virgin Galactic said in tweets that the pilots brought the spaceship to speeds faster than the speed of sound before gliding to a landing in the Mojave Desert. It conducted a "planned partial duration burn," which means the engine intentionally didn't fire as long as it will on full missions. Rather than aiming for space using a traditional vertically launched rocket, Virgin Galactic uses a massive plane, called a mothership, to hoist its reusable spaceship into the air before the craft ignites its own engine.
Virgin Galactic will take to the skies again Wednesday Feb. The flight will be the first for Unity since its historic trip to suborbital space in mid-December. That was the first crewed spaceflight to launch from U.
Virgin Galactic is a British spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists and suborbital launches for space science missions. Virgin Galactic plans to provide orbital human spaceflights as well.
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Richard Branson, wearing a leather bomber jacket with a fur collar, attended the takeoff along with hundreds of spectators on a crisp morning in the California desert. After the rocket plane topped mile altitude — reaching what some agencies consider the edge of space — a crying Branson high-fived and hugged spectators. The high-altitude launch comes four years after the original SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight that killed the co-pilot and seriously injured the pilot, dealing a major setback to Virgin Galactic, a US offshoot of the London-based Virgin Group. The flight landed safely back on Earth just over an hour after it took off.