Virgin Galactic Inches One Step Closer To Space Tourism

Virgin Galactic Inches One Step Closer To Space Tourism

Over the past few years, we’ve followed the progress of Virgin Galactic’s space tourism project. SpaceShipTwo has completed a number of milestone tests, and it completed yet another one earlier today. The aircraft fired it’s rocket over the Mojave Desert and accelerated to Mach 1.4 at an altitude of 71,000 feet. This is the highest and fastest the vessel has gone to date. SpaceShipTwo was also able to test the re-entry system during this morning’s test flight. Virgin Galactic reports that all tests were successful. They also announced they’re already received over $70 million in deposits from patrons who want a ride once the program is fully operational. The current ticket price is around $250,000.

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