After some stumbling blocks, Virgin Galactic succeeded in a third test flight of the new spaceplane. It will be available for space travel flights in the future.
VSS Unity, one of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo models, was launched on Saturday, May 22nd from Spaceport America, New Mexico. VSSUnity was highly carried by its mother ship, VMS Eve, freed from it and reached Mach 3 speed. Maneuvered by CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, Unity reached an altitude of 55.45 miles, then glide back to Earth and land in Spaceport America’s runaway.
Virgin Galactic shared a video showing Unity being released from the mothership and climbing altitude. You can see it gliding on the edge of the universe.
This was the first time a manned spaceflight had taken off from this spaceport. “Fifteen years ago, New Mexico embarked on a journey to create the world’s first commercial spaceport,” said Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. “Today we launched our first manned spaceflight from the same location, marking an important milestone for both Virgin Galactic and New Mexico. I am proud of the team’s efforts and commercial spaceflight from day one. We thank the people of New Mexico for their unwavering commitment to. Their beliefs and support have enabled today’s historic achievements. “
The· Previous test flight of VSS UnityLast December, I couldn’t reach space because the engine ran out during the flight. No one was injured and landed safely, but because it was a space travel vehicle, there were concerns about the safety of passengers.
There is also a surprising debate as to whether reaching this altitude actually counts as space flight. One of the most common definitions used at the boundary between the atmosphere and outer space of our planet is the Karman line, which is defined as 100 km (62 miles) above sea level. However, the US Air Force and NASA use different definitions of the beginning of the universe 50 miles above sea level. Both of these boundaries are fairly arbitrary, as there is no clear depiction between the outside air and space.
Therefore, whether people flying on Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo have actually been to space depends on who they ask.The highest altitude reached by this spaceplane is 56 miles February 2019, This is between the two definitions. So some call Virgin Galactic planes a journey into space, while others say they are approaching the boundaries of space.
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