VSS Unity completes third powered flight – achieves Mach 2.47

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  1. Calliers

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    Virgin Galatic took another step closer to realizing its long-fought dream of carrying paying customers on a suborbital ride into space with a third powered test flight for the VSS Unity. Thursday’s test was piloted by Dave Mackay and Mike ‘Sooch’ Masucci and appears to be another successful flight pushing the vehicle to new heights.

    Although no date has yet been provided as to when commercial operations will take place, this third powered flight is showing the company is on the final leg to realizing that goal.

    It’s been 10 years since Sir Richard Branson initially claimed Virgin Galactic would be ready to launch passengers, gaining deposits from over 500 customers.

    Faith in the long-term aim was strong, with a customer base that stood by the company even during its darkest period when the VSS Enterprise was lost during a test flight in 2014, four years into its test program.
    Source: nasaspaceflight

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