Space tourism takes another step towards reality with Virgin Galactic's mission control center. The facility aims to connect paying customers to the business of space travel before launching them into the final frontier.
Virgin Galactic’s first test passenger received her commercial astronaut wings from the US aviation regulator on Tuesday after flying on the company’s rocket plane to evaluate the customer experience in February.
Carrying a third crew member on board for the first time, a Virgin Galactic spacecraft has touched the edge of space for the second time in three months, achieving the highest speed and altitude to date, the US-based company claimed.
The supersonic flight takes Virgin Galactic closer to turning the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism into reality. The company aims to take paying customers on the six-passenger rocket, which is about the size of an executive jet.
Virgin Galactic successfully conducted another unpowered test flight of its space tourism spacecraft over the Southern California desert, .The glide flight incorporated a special ballast tank filled with water to check handling qualities with added weight and a rear centre of gravity.
Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, unveiled a new commercial spaceship, more than a year after its predecessor crashed and killed one of its pilots.