The Virgin Galactic supersonic spacecraft rose to the altitude of the earth's atmosphere for a historic flight on Thursday, indicating that the company is not far removed from sending tourists to space.
The missile plane, VSS Unity, was run by two experienced pilots at a maximum altitude of 82.7 kilometers, and surpasses the 80-kilometer mark that the United States government recognizes as the limit of space. The badge of 80 kilometers is used to allocate astronaut wings.
The test flight departed from the port of Mojave Air &; Space in California at 7:11 pm PT. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, was watching the crowd with a crowd of spectators.
"I hope we are going to space today," he said for take-off.
It was the fourth motorized test flight for VSS Unity and the nearest so far to simulate the flight path that one day is expected to carry out on commercial missions.
The success of the company means that the company can only be a few months away from its first group of tourists, an objective that Virgin Galactic worked on for 14 years.
Rather than aiming at space using a rocket launched vertically in the style of NASA, Virgin Galactic uses a spacecraft powered by missiles called VSS Unity, a ship more similar to the supersonic X-aircraft that the US Army has been developed.
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