Virgin Galactic takes another step towards space tourism | Galactic Virgo

Virgin Galactic made his third trip to the edge of space using the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane. The flight, which took place on May 22, was the first to take off from the company’s Spaceport America facility in New Mexico.

The Virgin Galactic system consists of two parts: the VSS Unity rocket and the VMS Eve carrier aircraft. Together they traveled at an altitude of about 9.5 miles (50,000 feet). Eve then freed Unity, which ignited her rocket. During Saturday’s flight, Unity hit a speed of Mach 3 which propelled it to an altitude of 55.4 miles.

Depending on which definition you use, space begins somewhere between 50 and 76 miles above the Earth’s surface. Piloted by CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, this test flight is another step towards granting SpaceShipTwo a Commercial Reusable Spaceship Operator License by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Once achieved, Virgin Galactic’s ambition is to transport commercial passengers to the far reaches of space. Saturday’s flight was the first time a human has reached space from New Mexico, making it the third US state to take that milestone. Virgin Galactic’s two previous space flights were launched from Mojave Air and Space Port in California, while NASA launches astronauts from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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