Listen: SpaceShipTwo rocket plane carries three people for first time
"Welcome to the club for. Thanks. I like this club. The mission was the fifth rocket pow test flight by virgin galactic in the skies above California during the current tests campaign as well as stabling in you out that you'd record for spe sheep to the flight also said a new speed record for unity of MAC three point zero four also for the first time unity carried a three person crew. Instead of just the usual pilots virgin, galactic. Chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, accompany the pilots on the test flight in order to check out. What feature space tourists can expect to experience during their journeys and also to act as mission specialist to monitor research payloads aboard the flight this Pat of Nasr's flopportunity program privileged to be the first Kevin evaluator in space to via says unity as the chief astronaut instructor just performed the first in-flight Kevin evaluation in space of what our customers will experience in flight. So it was a great day. So the heart of the evaluation was. The inspectors microgravity portion. So once the rocket motor cut off, the pilots cleared me to unstrapped from my see the first thing actually did was start my stop watch. So I would know win to get back in my seat. And then I unstrapped and did a slow egress to a window took a look at the beautiful clear. Clear. Clear view out the window, and then just to make sure I could safely start back in. And there was no issue at the hardware. I went ahead, and strut my lap belt back in once that was all done I unstrapped again in valuated a different way to get out of the seat. And then I've Allieu waited a part of the Kevin see how it rotated around me. And then I went up to the view, you can get from apogee out of the top windows, which was silent and beautiful and clear, and I was quite happy to be near the cockpit with our pilots to celebrate apogee. And we all sort of marveled at how magic it was then apogee proceeded with Kevin evaluations. I took a look at the upside down view kind of spider manning along the ceiling to see what you could see doing that. And then took a glance at the back of the cabin. And then headed back to my seat and evaluated how to get back into seat and was strapped in for entry. And interestingly, you could sort of see ice crystals right out the window and then the beautiful curvature of the earth. It was so black in space and so clear and bright, especially with snow on the mountains. You could see the Pacific Ocean. See the southwestern United States felt like I was infinitely high. It was just beautiful. It was the most amazing thing. So so so clear reaching apogee experiencing. A few minutes of weightlessness unity begin to reenter the atmosphere at MC two point seven eventually gliding to a perfect runway lending back at the Mojave airport. The missions achieved several I for commercial manned spaceflight, including the first time. Three people to flown in space aboard a commercial spaceship, the first time non polit, flew aboard a commercial spaceship into space and the first time that Krugman, but has floated freely without restraint in space aboard a commercial spacecraft the successful floods. Good news for the more than six. People who've already paid two hundred and fifty thousand US dollars or at least put down at a posit for one virgin, galactic plan ninety minutes. Several tourist spaceflights to find out more and you're ugly. Speaking with astronomy, Dr freight Watson space tourism and virgin galactic has just done a flight, which has been historic for more than one reason. Obviously, it was a success and very spectacular images on the base news website. If you wanna look it up, but something else extrordinary happened here, and it involved one of the astronauts, indeed shy. Let me read what he said when he came down and landed back in the Mojave desert if you're gonna quite imbedded to the accent, thus while I was going to say. Yes. Move and nicely control throughout the top of the from space, which exceeded all our expectations. I'm sorry. Dave, dave. Really sorry. Really good. Really good. Look as an under a Scotsman can get away with that. Usually."