Virgin Galactic On Verge of Commercial Space Flight

19 December, 2018, 12:24 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Космический аппарат компании Virgin Galactic установил рекорд

Branson is now having a huge dick-swinging contest with fellow big dogs Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who are all competing with each other to become the first to send paying passengers into space. At the same time, the global aviaperelety now believes that the boundary of space lies at an altitude of 100 kilometers. We started Virgin almost 50 years ago dreaming big and loving a challenge. The jet-powered Eve "mothership" lifted Unity from takeoff to 40,000 feet, where the carrier released Unity.

The spacecraft SpaceShipTwo company Virgin Galactic has performed a fourth test flight and set a world record.

He continued: "We will now push on with the remaining portion of our flight test programme which will see the rocket motor burn for longer, and VSS Unity fly still faster and higher towards giving thousands of private astronauts an experience which provides a new planetary perspective to our relationship with the Earth and with the comsos". Mr Branson originally envisaged fleets of spaceships sending passengers into space by 2007. It reached a speed of Mach 2.9 before returning to land at Mojave Air & Space Port. Virgin Galactic first announced plans to develop a vehicle in September 2004, but years of setbacks and an October 2014 accident delayed their plans.

It was carrying two pilots and four NASA research payloads, as well as a mannequin named Annie, who was acting as a stand-in passenger.

Bringing NASA on as a customer made Thursday's flight the first revenue-earning mission for Virgin Galactic.

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A spokesperson for Virgin Galactic told i that the first fee-paying passengers are expected to fly in 2019.

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), an industry association that promotes commercial human spaceflight, congratulated Virgin Galactic, one of its members. More tests are planned before the company will move operations down to New Mexico's Spaceport America and take up its first load of tourists.

The space tourism company's feat marks the first successful manned space flight launched on USA soil since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011. But Virgin Galactic bounced back.

The United States has not been able to launch anyone into space since it terminated the space shuttle program.

Both companies are still in the testing phase. The company has more than 600 citizen astronauts signed on to launch. Just recently, NASA concluded that astronaut Nick Hague made a spaceflight on Soyuz MS-10 even though the flight was aborted about two minutes after liftoff and did not attain orbit. Some have waited over a decade for their shot. In the interview, CEO George Whitesides said that the price for early trips might be higher than that range, although the company hopes it will eventually be lower in the longer term. The spacecraft touched back down in Mojave about 1.5 hours after takeoff, completing the historic flight.


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