(ANSA) – No, it's not another test, it's a fact, right and it leaves almost everything ready for the new one galáctico tourism. The Virgin Galactic company today from California lifts up to the heights of Earth's atmosphere for its supersonic spacecraft SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, reported local sources.
In this way, British Richard Branson, 68, approaches his proximity to dreaming of sending tourists to the room. The aircraft operated by the VSS Unity rocket was ruled by two veteran pilots at a maximum height of 82.7 kilometers, exceeding the 80 kilometer long mark created by the US government, recognizing as the limit of space. The 80 kilometer mark is used to give the astronaut's wings to the pilot.
The test flight started this morning from the port of Mojave Air & Space in California, under the industry's eye-catching eye. "I hope we go to the room today," said the founder of Virgin Galactic before departure.
It was the fourth motorized test flight for VSS Unity and the closest so far to mimic the flight path that is expected to be performed in commercial missions at some point. Test pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and Rick "CJ" Sturckow were responsible for controlling the successful flight. "Risk is a valuable part of the progress forward, and the real risk is that sometimes you have good times and sometimes you are bad," said a virgin source.
Achieving the threshold will show significant progress towards commencement of commercial flights, promised more than a decade ago. The development of its galaxy from its spacecraft took much longer than expected and revolutionized when the first experimental ship was broken during a test flight in 2014, leading to the death of the med pilot.
Local sources say Virgin is now months away from taking its first group of tourists into space, a goal where Branson has been working for 14 years.
More than 600 people have committed up to $ 250,000 to travel on the rocket, which can accommodate up to six passengers.
Business experts explained that instead of aiming for space using a rocket launched vertically in the style of NASA, Virgin Galactic uses a spacecraft powered by rockets called VSS Unity, a ship more comparable to supersonic X-aircraft developed by the army north American