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Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity reaches 170,000ft


Posted on Friday, 27 July, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments

The view was breathtaking. Image Credit: YouTube / Virgin Galactic
The third rocket-powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo provided its pilots with a spectacular view of our planet.
It's been a bumpy few years for Virgin Galactic, especially with the loss of its original SpaceShipTwo in October 2014 - an accident that not only claimed the life of a pilot, but also cast doubt on whether the company's lofty goal of carrying tourists in to space would ever happen at all.

Now though, four years on from the accident, things are starting to look very promising indeed.

The latest test flight, which took place on Thursday, saw the VSS Unity soar to an altitude of over 170,000ft - approximately half way to the true edge of space.
"Dark sky, blue glow, totally amazing; a million dollar view," said Virgin Galactic pilot Michael Masucci.

"Having been a U2 pilot and done a lot of high altitude work, or what I thought was high altitude work, the view from 170,000 feet was just totally amazing."

"The flight was exciting and, frankly, beautiful. We were able to complete a large number of test points which will give us good insight as we progress to our goal of commercial service."

The firm is currently aiming to start flying tourists to the edge of space within the next two years.


Source: Mashable | Comments (5)


Tags: Virgin Galactic, SpaceShipTwo


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by TripGun on 27 July, 2018, 17:34
Wait what? It's round? The earth is round!!
Comment icon #2 Posted by seanjo on 27 July, 2018, 18:38
Look at the crap coming out of the back of that, not very eco-friendly Sir Richard?
Comment icon #3 Posted by seanjo on 27 July, 2018, 18:39
Great though fantastic in fact.
Comment icon #4 Posted by toast on 27 July, 2018, 18:51
Wow! Burt, we love you!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 29 July, 2018, 21:36
 


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