Virgin Galactic, the ruimtetoerismebedrijf of the British billionaire Richard Branson, has Thursday said its SpaceShipTwo, aka VSS Unity, successfully piloted. Wheels are standing still, SpaceshipTwo. Welcome back to Earth, ” she said in a tweet.
From the Mojave desert in California left the rocket-powered aircraft as test pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky, Rick ‘C. J.’ Sturckow with a mannequin – ‘Annie’ – as a passenger just after 17 hours Belgian time with the moedervliegtuig vMS Eve. At 13 km altitude dropped this SpaceShip. After a free fall, the rig with motors up to at least a height of 80 km, or the border of the space. There were the two test pilots are equally experienced how gewichteloosheid feel. Then they went into with a speed of 2.5 times the speed of sound in the atmosphere in order to eventually return safely to earth.
Four years ago, crashed a similar rig, where the co-pilot then came. That was an enormous setback, but this successful test is a boost for the plans of Branson and co to tourists briefly into space. “Today, between these remarkable groups of people, with our gaze directed to the stars, we have our greatest dream and our biggest challenge is realised,” said an emotional Branson after the successful landing.