Listen: Branson's Virgin Galactic takes another step toward space tourism
"I call news. Out of the Mojave. Desert California, virgin, galactic did another powered up test flight today of unity, which is their spaceship. VS S virgin spaceship unity rocket powered airplane climbed to a record altitude. Nearly fifty six miles today. Marking the second time that they've reached space to pilots and for the first time an additional crew member were on board. Beth Moses galactic chief astronaut trainer in an aerospace engineer Beth wrote along with the two pilots the company announced in a tweet shortly after a unity took off this morning. Gave her a look at what galactic customers could one day experience. Unity took off from runway in the Mojave. Just after eight AM Pacific time, crews do about forty five thousand feet attached to the mothership. Instead. Bye bye. Mommy broke off fired. His rockets went straight up. Have you ever seen it happen? I mean on it's just amazing to watch the video just drops off. They hit the hit the go button. And they just go straight up. Swooped into the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Two hundred ninety five thousand feet high. Top speed was mocked three. At the peak of its flight path unity, experienced a few minutes. Weightlessness looked out into the black skies of the cosmos, then return to land in the Mojave about an hour after they took off. Virgin tweeted, take a look at the flight path a really cool flight path graph. Ted flight allowed galactic historic first mission to space in December fall that back to back successes indicate the galactic could be on track to start flying tourists. Space tourists this year. From New Mexico. Richard Branson said he wants to be on the first unity flight by July. Not clear how many more test runs galactic will fly before they are comfortable pudding paying customers and the CEO the chairman on board. They say that they still have a ways to go and testing to make factors to test the mini factors that can affect a fight about six hundred people have signed up now, they're neck and neck. Jeep by JAL race with blue origin bazo. Space company. By the way, their craft. There was a CNN one hour special or no, I think it was MSNBC one hour special on on base us recently, mostly around Amazon and. National Enquirer and all that. But they spend they spend about a minute on blue origin. They showed his pace grabbed. It is really cool. Looking not versions isn't. But they're both Kulikov. They spent more than a decade trying to develop space tourism there. We are not too bad."