History was made on October 10, 2010 when Virgin Galactic’s space ship VSS Enterprise completed her first solo glide and landing.
The spaceship was released from its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo (Eve), at an altitude of 45,000 feet. The two main goals of the flight were to carry out a clean release of the spaceship from its mothership and for the pilots to free fly and glide back and land at Mojave Air and Spaceport in California. Click here to watch footage of the historic flight.
The world’s first commercial space line has conducted 39 system test flights to date, culminating with this latest milestone. More glide tests are on the way prior to powered testing which will lead up to full commercial operations.
Virgin Galactic is now well on the way to becoming the world’s first commercial space line with 370 customer deposits totaling $50 million. Commercial flights will begin after comprehensive flight testing and finalizing regulatory approvals. Nearly 400 future astronauts have already signed up to make history of their own. Virtuoso has exclusive rights to sell Virgin Galactic space travel in the Americas. Deposits start from $20,000.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, who was present during the flight, commented, “This was one of the most exciting days in the whole history of Virgin. For the first time since we seriously began the project in 2004, I watched the world’s first manned commercial spaceship landing on the runway at Mojave Air and Space Port and it was a great moment. Now, the sky is no longer the limit and we will begin the process of pushing beyond to the final frontier of space itself over the next year.”
For more information, visit the Virgin Galactic website.
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