For the first time in history, Virgin Galactic’s passenger spaceship launched a test flight that successfully rocketed to the edge of space and back.
The rocket soared to a height of more than 80 kilometres above California’s Mojave Desert, the altitude at which space begins, according to the US military and Nasa.
The brief flight to the edge of space with two pilots on board was a key milestone for the company.
“Today, for the first time in history, a crewed spaceship, built to carry private passengers, reached space.”
Company head Richard Branson
Branson greeted the two pilots after the test, declaring “Space is Virgin territory!”
Now, Virgin Galatic is saying it only needs “just two or three” more test flights to prove it can take tourists into space. WOW.
Branson has said he wants to be one of the first on board.
Virgin Galactic is charging 250,000 US dollars per person for the 90-minute flight, with more than 600 people having already bought tickets or put down deposits for the surreal journey.
This latest test was the fourth test since an accident in 2014 that left a Virgin Galactic pilot dead.
This means Virgin Galactic is closer than ever to turning their dream of commercial space tourism into reality.
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