Richard Branson center celebrates with pilots Rick "CJ" Sturckow (L), and Mark "Forger" Stucky (R), after Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on December 13, 2018.
The pilots hope to fly the rocket ship to an altitude exceeding 50 miles (80 kilometers), which Virgin Galactic considers the boundary of space.
The rocket ship, called SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, climbed more than 82 kilometers during the flight above California's Mojave Desert.
The two pilots aboard VSS Unity on Thursday will be awarded commercial astronaut wings from the The Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees commercial space travel. The pilots fired up the rocket for 30 seconds, keeping the nose pointed up, and reached Mach 1.87 before coasting to an altitude of 84,271 feet and gliding back to a landing.
Cutting-edge Russian robot was performer in a costume
Boris was shown on stage with co-hosts using dance moves so realistic that your dad would proudly use them at a wedding. Russian state television praised a "hi-tech robot" at a technology forum that is actually a man in a robot suit.
The rocket motor burnt for 60 seconds and the aircraft travelled at 2.9 times the speed of sound in today's test flight. Four research payloads from NASA's Flight Opportunities Program were on board its historic test flight as well as a test dummy, making the trip revenue-earning for the first time as well.
According to the statement, if the flight is successful the company will then "start simulating the commercial weight distribution in the spaceship represented by our future passengers". "I've personally invested about a billion dollars in this project, so having our first money coming back is a good feeling.We've got to make this a profitable venture and I think we can make it a profitable venture".
Besides VSS Unity, two more SpaceShipTwo vehicles are now under construction, with the first of them expected to be completed in about a year.
Virgin's twin-fuselage carrier airplane holding the SpaceShipTwo passenger spacecraft took off soon after 7 a.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) from the Mojave Air and Space Port, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Los Angeles. A 90-minute flight costs $250,000.
While critics point to Branson's unfulfilled space promises over the past decade, the maverick businessman told a TV interviewer in October that Virgin's first commercial space trip with him onboard would happen "in months and not years".
Virgin's latest flight test comes four years after the original SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight that killed the co-pilot and seriously injured the pilot, dealing a major setback to Virgin Galactic, a US offshoot of the London-based Virgin Group. Branson plans to be the first passenger aboard VSS Unity. Blue Origin will use the more traditional method of spacecraft attached to a rocket launched from the ground.
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides noted that recent research favours the lower altitude.
New versions of SpaceShipTwo are built by a Virgin Galactic sister company and flight testing is now in-house.
Packers part ways with Mike McCarthy
So we're going to do what we always do; we're going to represent the Packers the right way, I know that. Rodgers should have a few excellent years left. "I hate to repeat myself, but it's applicable".
"Safety's all that matters if you're putting people into space", he said.
Apple is claiming that iOS 12 does not infringe on either of the two patents at the core of the latest dispute with Qualcomm. The media claim the ruling will block the sales of a number of iPhone models (from iPhone 6S all the way up to iPhone X ).
The Christmas market, a hugely popular attraction in historic Strasbourg, will reopen on Friday, Castaner said. Police issued a wanted poster for Cherif Chekatt , who was on an watch list as a potential security threat.
Sputnik spoke to Gustavo Granero, a Boca Juniors fan, about whether the game should be played and how River should be punished. Boca wants River to be punished for the attack that injured several players near River's Monumental de Nunez Stadium.
As of December 8, 4.1 million people had chosen plans through the federal-government run portal that 39 states use for enrollment. In the prior year, the total enrolled was 12.2 million. "The latter sawed off the last leg it stood on".
Several aides said they believed restlessness by younger members to move up in leadership would make that hard for her to achieve. She would be the first speaker to do so since Texas Democrat Sam Rayburn took the gavel back in 1955.
I realise that the party would like a different leader to take them into that election . "In the national interest, she must go". "Every leader's made the mistake of feeding this monster, that always then turns around and gobbles them up", she said.
Butina also faces the possibility she will be deported after she serves any prison sentence the judge choses to impose. The court has not yet set a sentencing date, but set a status hearing for February 12, the Washington Post reported.
Microsoft surpassed Apple as the most valuable company in the U.S. , reaching a market capitalization of about $814 billion. Apple has slid amid growing concerns the company is seeing weak demand for iPhones , by far its biggest product line.
CCTV image issued by Auckland City Police of Briton Grace Millane, 22, at the Sky City centre in Auckland on Saturday evening. He said Kiwis are shocked and horrified when something like this happens which shows that New Zealand is a safe country.
Behind Murray, the University of Oklahoma has the top rated offense in the country, averaging over 8 yard per play. Kyler Murray has put together one of the greatest individual seasons in college football history.
The Duchess of Sussex reportedly feels like members of the British press are targeting her unfairly, according to Vanity Fair . Sources claimed Meghan was rude to Kate's staff, and Middleton made it clear to Markle that her behavior was "unacceptable".
United and PSG set for Champions League showdown
Barcelona , Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were the three Spanish sides that secured their passage into the round-rubbing stage. Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic believes the Germans face a "tough nut to crack" in tackling Liverpool .
Michigan House votes to extend legislative power
He may also be able to line-item veto portions of them, depending on how they are drafted and whether they spend money. But before they are sworn, GOP legislators are hoping to enact laws limiting or affecting the Democrats' powers.
Player Ratings: Bournemouth vs Liverpool - Salah get his hat on
On the other hand, Milner has hailed Mohamed Salah as "unbelievable", and revealed his delight at reaching the 500-game milestone. Although his first goal was fortuitous given he was just offside, his second and third were simply reminders of his brilliance.
HBO drops first teaser of Season 8
Our resident " Game of Thrones " expert, Kim Renfro , will be back next year to cover the final season of " Game of Thrones ". When the two forces meet in the middle, a black mass bursts from the map, teasing an epic clash for the final season.
Former President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94
"He was shot down by the Japanese bombing a radio tower on an island called (Tijima)", Warren Finch, director at the George H.W. He was a member of the Greatest Generation that fought on many fronts during World War II and came home to rebuild America.
Trump & Putin ignore each other at G20
USA investigators may disagree. "So I really don't know", the President said before departing Washington. Trump weathered the similar criticism of going soft on Mr.