Virgin Galactic Successfully Conducts Space Tourism Vehicle Flight Test
British businessman Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company has taken another step towards the advance of space tourism. The company recently conducted a successful flight test of its vehicle, which will carry tourists to space. The space plane, named VSS Unity, took off from New Mexico in the United States.
Unity, after leaving the carrier plane at an altitude of 14 kilometers, glided for nine minutes and then returned safely to the base. The test flight results will be analyzed in the coming days.
Virgin Galactic has set a goal to conduct a rocket test of the spacecraft within this year. The company’s planned flight will include two pilots and four experts.
Over 600 people from different parts of the world have already bought tickets for space travel. Space tourists will experience the zero-gravity environment, but they will not be able to observe the world around them during their flights.
In the suborbital flights scheduled to reach an altitude of 50 miles or 80 kilometers, a carrier plane will be used to launch the space vehicle. After reaching a certain altitude, the rocket engine of the spaceship will be fired to reach the desired height.
In related news, Richard Branson’s satellite launch company, Virgin Orbit, filed for bankruptcy last week. Despite this setback, the Virgin Galactic company is moving forward with its plans for space tourism.