Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

MOJAVE DESERT, Calif., - Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism. The next test flight could come as early as Thursday with two pilots taking Virgin Space Ship Unity high above California's Mojave Desert. A company statement says the next stage of testing aims to "reach a space altitude for the first time," reported Phys.org's John Antczak.

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket
Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket
MOJAVE DESERT, Calif., - Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism. The next test flight could come as early as Thursday with two pilots taking Virgin Space Ship Unity high above California's Mojave Desert. A company statement says the next stage of testing aims to "reach a space altitude for the first time," reported Phys.org's John Antczak.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

December 13, 2018-Virgin Galactic is climbing ever higher in its goal to put tourists into space, which begins at 100 kilometers - 62 miles - above earth's surface. The window for its next tests opens today, and aims to reach that space threshold in the decade-old-plus private program.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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