Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo Takes First Solo Glide Flight

Posted: Dec 5 2016, 5:58am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo Takes First Solo Glide Flight
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  • Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity engages in its First Successful Flight on a Solo Basis

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity spaceship engaged in its first successful flight on a solo basis. This was quite a milestone that was covered by this spaceship.

The VSS Unity is the second spaceship by Virgin Galactic and it just achieved a record landmark by making its first solo flight.

Although it was merely a test glide and the rockets remained offline, the excitement and exhilaration among the ground crew remained at an all-time high due to the uniqueness of the event.

The first such spaceship had suffered a glitch along the way. That was way back in 2014. This time around though things went just hunky dory.

The spaceship’s carrier airplane lifted it to a high altitude and then let it fly. This spaceship than glided back to its resting place on earth. There was a test pilot and a chief pilot at the controls in the cockpit.

The total time span was 10 minutes. The main man behind the company, Richard Branson, was available at the time to oversee the monumental event.

The purpose behind the test flight was to gauge the plane’s performativity and handling. This was a major step towards the goal of suborbital flights. It has been a ratification of the fact that such is indeed possible and viable.

More such test flights will come along in the future. The ultimate objective is rocket-fueled flights. These will be a whole different ball game. As time moves on, the boundaries of space will be penetrated so that the goal moves beyond the suborbital into the realm of pure space.

That will be the day. In the 2014 incident, one of the pilots was injured while the other one was killed. It is being ensured that such a mishap never happens again.

Almost 700 people have signed on to travel in these spaceships in the future. It could be you too. It all ultimately depends on the size of your bank account.

The seats aboard such spaceships sell for as much as a quarter of a million dollars each. That is a very hefty amount of cash.

Only those who are very passionate about space travel are opting for this dream of a lifetime. Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Galactic, says that he wants to be the first one to go on such a suborbital tour.

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