Space tourism is really the hot topic of billionaires today, and some of them nagkaduol na to make it a reality. On Saturday, Richard Branson’s Galactic Virgin made room for himself in the race, successful launch of its spaceplane into space after more than two years. Flying is a step forward for the company on its journey to improve the space tourism system.
Galactic Virgin announced Saturday that the VSS Unity, will also use a spaceplane designed to carry eight people into space, the crew’s third flight was completed. The company claims that VSS Unity reaches a speed three times the speed of sound after being released by her motherhood, VMS Eve, a conventional airplane carrying the VSS Unity at an altitude of about 50,000 feet before it was released, at which time the rocket engine of the spaceplane will burn and take it into space.
The VSS Unity, flown by pilots CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, reached space at a length of 55.45 miles (89.23 kilometers), according to a news statement. It then returns to Earth and finally the runway to the Spaceport America launch facility in New MexicoO. This is Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight from Spaceport America.
Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said Saturday’s flight showcased the beauty and safety of the company’s spaceflight system, known as SpaceShipTwo, and marked a big step ahead of its aspirations.
“Space travel is a bold and enthusiastic endeavor, and I am proud to be proud of our talented team for making the dream of private space travel a reality,” Colglazier said in a statement. “We immediately began processing the data obtained from this positive test flight outcome, and we look forward to sharing the news on our next planned trip.”
In addition, VSS Unity is carrying out research experiments for NASA on its flight on Saturday. One is composed of one electromagnetic field measurement experiments from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Another experiment, called Conflicts Ito the Dust Experiment, from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and seeks to study the nature of dust and fine particles in response to human and robotic activities in space, Explained by NASA. The third board experiment is a space -based operating system from the University of Louisville and Carnegie Mellon University.
Saturday’s successful flight was a redemption for Virgin Galactic, which suffered disappointment last year after forced to abort its inaugural flight from Spaceport America due to an electromagnetic interference issue. It also allows the company to examine a milestone missing from its list for this year. Galactic Virgin continuity plan four flight flights in 2021. The company the last two flights took place in late 2018 and early 2019.
The Verge reports that the next flight of Virgin Galactic will include four company employees in addition to two pilots. Meanwhile, the company’s third flight, plans to take Branson into space, and the fourth flight is scheduled to be a commercial flight by the Italian Air Force. This final flight is expected to bring in $ 2 million in revenue, according to the outlet.
Virgin Galactic in Branson isn’t the only company looking to open up the tourism space to paying customers over the next few years. Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin is comply with the first run of its crew with the New Shephard suborbital vehicle on July 20 and auctioned off a seat to anyone interested. Other than the winner of the auction, not many details were given about the inaugural crews.
The start date of Virgin Galactic for commercial service is early in 2022. It has about 600 ticket reservations for upcoming flights, sold at prices between $ 200,000 and $ 250,000 each.