VSS Unity, a Virgin Galactic rocket aircraft, climbed to a record height of nearly 56 miles during a test flight on Friday, marking the second time Richard Branson's launch has reached space. Two pilots, and for the first time an additional crew member, were on board
Bette Moses, chief astronaut of Galactic and space research engineer, boarded up with the pilots. The trip allowed her to check the safety checks and look first at what Galactic customers could experience one day.
At the height of its flight path, Unity experienced a few minutes of weightlessness and looked into the black skies of space. Moses said she had managed to leave her place and take a look. "Earth is beautiful – super sharp, super clear," she said, "with a magnificent view of the quiet mountains."
Unity returned back to Mohovie an hour after takeoff.
The founder of the company, British billionaire Richard Branson, said he expects to board a flight by June.
But it is unclear how many test trials it will perform before it is convenient to pay customers aboard, The Company said there is still "a way to test the many factors that can affect the flight."
About 600 people have booked tickets between $ 200,000 and $ 250,000 to fly with the Galaxy. The company claims that it wants to reduce its prices to expand its customer base
The new adult tourism
The galaxy has a door and neck with its chief competitor, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin . 19659002] Companies spent more than a decade developing space tourism technologies. Both companies say they are aiming to open a business this year. They both insist they do not compete, but put "safety first."
But that does not mean they are not competitive.
He meant the fact that Blue Origin plans to send passengers beyond the Karman line, which is 62 miles above Earth and is an internationally recognized border area. The galaxy, however, is focused on the 50mm mark used in the United States.