The Virgin VSS Enterprise spacecraft made its first test flight yesterday, which was seen as a huge success. The closest you or I will ever get to space flight is by seeing the Space Shuttle launch on TV, or sitting on the grass in Florida in the early hours of the morning to watch a failed launch, as I did last month. That’s enough about that, wasted $225 that day.
The idea of Virgin making it possible for non-astronauts to fly into space has been a dream for Richard Branson for some time, but let us not forget that he is a businessman and he is here to make money.
The Virgin VSS Enterprise Spacecraft is Virgin Galactic’s mother ship and took a flight over the California’s Mojave Desert. Both Branson and other investors said that they expect passenger space flights to begin some time in 2011.
White Knight Two is the carrier aircraft that will carry the VSS Enterprise, a six-passenger rocket plane. The test flight lasted for two hours and 54 minutes. The mother ship will fly to an altitude of 50,000 feet, then the space craft will detach itself and propel its passengers 65 miles above the earth surface – they will then feel weightlessness for 5 minutes.
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