Virgin Galactic Spaceplane Reaches Space With First Passenger Onboard


Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceplane reached space for the second time this week. Three people can now say they have been in space as a result, two pilots and Virgin Galactic’s first passenger, Beth Moses, the chief astronaut instructor at Virgin Galactic.

Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane is called the VSS Unity. It will take passengers to the edge of space where they can experience a few minutes of weightlessness. In December, Virgin Galactic made history when it reached 51.4 miles (82.7 kilometres) in altitude, that many consider to be the start of space. This week, another test took place out of Mojave, California and took VSS Unity to an altitude of 55.85 miles (89.9 kilometres).

Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s first passenger, will be preparing future passengers for what to expect on flights, so it was important for her to experience the flight. The VSS Unity also included extra weight in the cabin to better mimic the weight commercial flights when they carry a few full passenger crews.

There is no official launch date for these flights yet but Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said he hopes to fly on VSS Unity by the summer, possibly on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in July.

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Expect to pay in the region of $250,000 for this experience.

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