Richard Branson’s company has planned four flights this year, and the first flight has been successfully completed.This is also the first such flight in New Mexico
Virgin Galactic’s VMS Eve aircraft boarded the VSS Unity space plane for the first time this weekend. The mission was successfully completed, Unity reached its peak and returned to Earth smoothly. Richard Branson’s company plans to make three more flights later this year.
About ten minutes before the release, the pilots CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay activated the engine and control system. After being “abandoned”, Unity started the rocket engine a few minutes later to shut it down, and used momentum to reach the highest point in space.At 11:43 a.m. local time, the aircraft returned to the runway where it started operations and reported edge.
Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier described the mission as “an important step for Virgin Galactic and the space flight in New Mexico” and emphasized that “we will continue to analyze the data seriously and rigorously.”
Richard Branson’s company has booked more than 600 tickets for space flight, each priced at $250,000. Unity can carry up to 6 passengers and 2 pilots per flight. Since 2019, Galaxy has not successfully completed the space flight. So far, it has only conducted two flights in 2018 and 2019. Now, after a failed attempt last December, the hardware installed on the aircraft has been improved, including the new digital controller that will now be used on SpaceShip Three.
The US Spaceport was selected as the operation center from which the company’s commercial space flight will be carried out. The next flight will be composed of two pilots and four employees, the third will be performed by Richard Branson, and the fourth will be performed by the Italian Air Force, with an estimated revenue of US$2 million.