VSS Unity, the Virgin Galactic rocket aircraft, climbed to record highs of almost 56 miles during a test flight on the same day, noting the second time the launch of Richard Branson has reached the point. Two pilots, and for the first time, an additional crew member were on board.
Bet Moses, head coach of the Galaxy astronaut and aerospace engineer, drove along with the pilots. The trip allowed her to undergo a safety check and get a first glance at what Galactic customers were able to get one day.
"The land was beautiful – extremely sharp, super clear," she said, "with a magnificent view of the Quiet mountain."
Unity returned in Mojave about an hour after the take-off.
Founder of the company, British billionaire Richard Branson, said he is awaiting the Unity aircraft by July.
But it is not clear how many Galactic tests will be before they can comfortably pay aboard. The company said it still has "a way to test many of the factors that could affect the flight."
About 600 people booked tickets worth $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 to fly from Galactic.
New age of tourism
Galaxy is a neck with a main competitor, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin. 19659002] Each company spent over ten years on the development of space tourism technology. Both companies claim they are looking to open for business somewhere this year. Both of them also insist that they do not compete, but put "safety in the first place."
But this does not mean that they are not competitive.