Thursday, June 3, 2010
Richard Branson, Soaring to new Heights
Virgin Galactic recently announced that VSS Enterprise has completed her inaugural captive carry flight from Mojave Air and Spaceport. The captive carry flight signifies the start of what the Galactic team believes will be a successful and exciting spaceship flight test program. The VSS Enterprise test flight programme will continue though 2010 and 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent glide and then powered flight, prior to the start of commercial operations. The company plans to provide sub-orbital space flights to the paying public. Passengers will pay $200,000 for the flight with a $20,000 deposit. The craft is projected to be a six passenger aircraft with 2 pilots. Its planned trajectory will overlap the Earth’s atmosphere at 70,000 feet which will make it a sub-orbital journey with a short period of weightlessness. Here below is an animated video of spaceship Galactic.