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Virgin Galactic launched its first rocket Spaceship after a fatal crash in 2014. Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists and suborbital launches for space science missions. Virgin Galactic plans to provide orbital human spaceflights as well. SpaceShipTwo is air launched from beneath a carrier airplane known as White Knight Two. The founder of Galactic, Sir Richard Branson, had said that he hoped to see the first flight by the end of 2009, but this date has been delayed on a number of reasons, most recently by the October 2014 in-flight loss of SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise.
And now, Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo completed its first supersonic rocket-powered flight after two years of tests.
On 31 October 2014 at 10.51am the fourth rocket-powered test flight ended in disaster, as it broke apart in midair, with the debris falling into the Mojave Desert in California. The flight was the first test of SpaceShipTwo. 39-year-old co-pilot Michael Alsbury was killed and 43-year-old pilot Peter Siebold was completely injured.
“The goal of Virgin Galactic is to carry passengers on a high parabolic trajectory past the Karman Line, an imaginary boundary where space begins. The trip will include several minutes of weightlessness in free fall. It’s going to be spendy, though. The company, founded by Richard Branson, is asking $250,000 per seat. Several hundred people have pre-purchased tickets. The SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity is the first vehicle to be manufactured entirely by Virgin’s The Spaceship Company. Virgin Galactic is busy going over the test data from its first powered flight, but says this marks the beginning of its final phase of testing. You probably won’t be booking a ride any time soon at these prices. But a quick trip to space might not be unusual in the future” mentioned extremetech.com.
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