(ANSA) – No, this is not another test, this is a real fact, and it leaves almost everything ready for the new Galactico tourism. Virgin Galactic today from California raises up to the height of the Earth's atmosphere to its super-space SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, local sources have reported.
In this way, the company of British Richard Branson (68), closer to realizing his dream of sending tourists to space. The plane, which was collapsed by the VSS Unity rocket, was directed by two veteran pilots at the highest altitude of 82.7 kilometers, which exceeded the 80-kilometer mark set by the US government and recognized as the boundary of the space. The 80-kilometer mark is used to assign astronaut wings to the pilot.
The test flight departed from the port of Mojave Air & Space in California under the watchful eye of Branson. "I hope we go into space today," said Founder Virgin Galactic before taking off.
It was the fourth motorized test flight for VSS Unity and the closest to date to imitate the flight path that can be expected for some time in commercial missions. Test pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and Rick "CJ" Sturckow were in charge of controlling a successful flight. "Risk is a valuable part of progress and the internal risk is that you sometimes have good times, and sometimes bad ones," says Virgin.
Achieving the space threshold will show significant progress in the launch of commercial flights that have been promised more than a decade ago. Virgin Galactic's development of his spacecraft lasted much longer than expected, and suffered defects when the first experimental ship was interrupted during the experimental year of 2014, causing the death of the co-pilot.
Local sources say that Virgin is now several months since the arrival of the first group of tourists in space, the goal in which Branson has been working for 14 years.
More than 600 people have spent up to $ 250,000 for a rocket trip, which can carry up to six passengers.
Experts of the company explained that, instead of trying to space for space using a NASA-style rocket, Virgin Galactic uses a spacecraft powered by missiles called VSS Unity, a ship more comparable to a controlled X plane it was developed by the North American army