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Virgin Galactic space plane takes the first test passenger into the room



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/ Source: CNBC.com

By Michael Sheetz, CNBC

Two months after coming to the edge of space for the first Once, Virgin Galactics Spacecraft Unit has done so again.

Virgin Galactic sent three people to Unity for the first time in Friday's supersonic test aircraft, which reached three times the speed of sound on its way up. Just before the flight, Richard Branson told the space services company CNBC that astronaut trainer Beth Moses is on the company's spacecraft Unity, along with the two pilots.

"Beth Moses is on board as a crew member," said a virgin galactic spokeswoman CNBC. "She will validate some of the cabin design elements."

This is the first time Virgin Galactic carried three people on his turn to the edge of the room. In previous test aircraft, the two pilots were the only ones in the spacecraft.

Virgin Galactic's spacecraft Unity holds up to six passengers along with the two pilots. Since the company has more than 600 wild-astronauts signed to launch, Moses's work is essential to preparing Virgin Galactic for commercial operation. Tickets for the Virgin Galactic aircraft are priced at $ 250,000 each.

In December, the company completed its longest rocket-driven flight, and the two pilots became Virgin Galactic's first astronauts. That test flight reached a height of 51.4 miles, or nearly 83 kilometers. The US government considers pilots flying over 80 kilometers to be astronauts.


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