'Space feels tantalisingly close now': Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered flight with supersonic Unity spaceplane



Virgin Galactic’s Unity spaceplane has completed its first rocket-powered flight, breaking the sound barrier in a successful supersonic test flight today nearly four years after the firm’s fatal crash in the Mojave Desert.
SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity was put through two years of ground and atmospheric tests ahead of its first powered flight.
The craft took off at 8:02 a.m. from the Mojave Air and Space Port in what Richard Branson’s aerospace company is calling a ‘milestone test flight.’
Unity flew to an altitude of roughly 46,500 feet carried by the Eve WhiteKnightTwo ‘mothership,’ before... read more

 
5 April 2018 in Science &Technology, Views: 58
Source: Daily Mail
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