Virgo has reached space after months of testing: its spacecraft has successfully traveled 80km above the ground, a height that the US considers to be the start of the outer space. Early Thursday morning, the company's passenger plane plan, the VSS unit took off from the Mojave Desert in California and reached an altitude of 82.7 km.
Pictures of Virgo Galactic
This is the first time Virgo Galactic has crossed that line in its 14-year-old journey that has seen more delays and a deadly crash in 2014 . It's part of the virgin founder Richard Branson's mission to give paying customers a taste of spaceflight. The company claims to have already sold over 600 tickets for the experience priced at $ 250,000 each.
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Originally, Branson claimed that the company would be in space by 2009 using Virgin Galactics first spaceplane, VSS enterprise. In reality, the spacecraft reached only 13.6 miles in height and was finally destroyed in the middle of a driven flight test that killed two pilots. While the company finally managed to reach space, the plane still fell outside 100 km karman line, many consider the boundary of the earth's atmosphere.
SpaceShipTwo looks back on the space ship Earth pic.twitter.com/ynr31mKzzf
– Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) December 13, 2018
To join the industry during the world's tourism is Jeff's blue origin that plans to accommodate tourists on trips. Then there is spaceX's elon musk that recently announced plans to take a wealthy Japanese entrepreneur and his friends on a trip around the moon. actual passenger airplanes still seem to be far away with the muskeling 2023 for the event. Meanwhile, the virgin has stressed that it will complete its tests "safe, not just fast."
kieron marchese I design boom  14, 2018