Today marked a pinnacle day for Sir Richard Branson as he personally watched his dream of commercial space travel take actual flight. This morning, on April 29, 2013 in New Mexico, the first rocket-powered test flight of the Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo successfully took place.
The test culminated with a supersonic breaking of the sound barrier.
At 7:02 a.m. in New Mexico the test flight took off from Mojave Air and Space Port. SpaceShipTwo rode into the air mated to Virgin Galactic’s carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. Around 45 minutes into the flight, at 46,000 feet altitude, SpaceShipTwo was released from its carrier “propelled forward and upward to a maximum altitude of 55,000 feet”. As reported by Virgin Galactic “the entire engine burn lasted 16 seconds, as planned. During this time, SS2 went supersonic, achieving Mach 1.2.” At a bit over 10 minutes, the rocket-powered flight test was completed right after 8 a.m. upon a successful landing.
The goal of commercial space travel is within reach.
Virgin Galactic is making dreams come to life as the company strives to reach its founder’s goal of commercial space travel. The test flight was conducted with teams from Scaled Composites (Scaled) and Virgin Galactic. With the successful flight also comes the last chapter of tests to be made before there will be actual commercial service into space. The plan for the coming months is for the Virgin Galactic and Scaled test team to “expand the spaceship’s powered flight envelope culminating in full space flight, which the companies anticipate will take place before the end of 2013”.
Perhaps commercial space travel will bring nations together in peace.
A partnership between Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJC taking flight in America is proving to be an endeavor between people across nations in order to launch commercial space travel. Sir Richard Branson’s dream could also be a dream come true for people on Earth coming together for the single goal of reaching heights into outer space. Anyone can share in the excitement of space travel by booking a reservation to become an astronaut on Virgin Galactic.
Sir Richard Branson proves that dreams can come true when one seeks to achieve goals well above Earth bound heights. Follow Sir Richard’s lead and never be afraid to dance!
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