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Are we closer to space tourism?
When the ship, tested by Virgin Galactic for commercial space travel in 2014, crashed: the pilot died and many saw that the dream of "opening up space for the crowd" fell.
But this Thursday, four years after an accident with a fatal outcome, the company He continued his hope.
Virgin Galactic, from Richard Branson's tycoon, managed to launch the first space flight into space and return it to Earth without incident.
SpaceShipTwo Space Ships, which flew from California with pilots, reached a height of 82.7 km above the altitude, with which NASA awards the astronaut status (80 km).
SpaceShipTwo reached this height after take-off, composed in the second plane from which it resigned to continue with the speed 2.9 times faster like sound
"So far, it's been 14 years. We had tears, the tears of truth and moments of joy. Today's tears were tears of joy, "said Richard Branson to reporters after the success of the operation.
His statements show the meaning of what was achieved at Virgin Galactic; a a milestone for this company, but also for those who want to open space tourism.
"Career" 14 years
Branson is in the race with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who first sent the universe first tourists.
In 2004, he set up a commercial space trip, shortly after Musk opened SpaceX (2002) and Bezos created Blue Origin (2000).
The first time Virgin promised that the descendants would dive into Saturday's space, he was in 2008 when he assured that this would happen in "18 months".
Since then, the company has made similar promises, but it was accumulated delays, disappointed experiments and even tragedy.
In 2014, the test ship collapsed and one of the two people who traveled there died Michael Alsbury.
Due to the incident, the company reflected on its position and even called into question its goal, but in the end Branson insisted on continuing.
Two years later, Virgin introduced the new Unity ship and returned to re-test.
That's why traveling SpaceShipTwo is now an achievement for private companies.
But in addition, it is a milestone for future travel to space; the end of the monopoly of state space agencies.
"Today we have demonstrated that Virgin Galactic can open up space for the whole world," Branson said.
The big question is now: when can we go?
An increasing number of entrepreneurs join the game to create travel activities into space.
Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin are trying to get it as soon as possible.
In the case of Virgin, some of these trips could take place the following year, according to the agency. Reuters.
Unlike other competing companies, Branson has already started selling tickets for their future travel and more than 600 people they signed up
However, experience is not cheap at all.
The room is for now: up to 250,000 US dollars 90 minutes.
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