Virgin Galactic’s supersonic house airplane, the VSS Unity, took off on its fifth take a look at flight right this moment. Mothership WhiteKnightTwo launched the suborbital house airplane at round 44,000 toes — and VSS Unity reached a brand new most altitude of 55.85 miles (89.9km.)
The second technology SpaceShipTwo, dubbed VSS Unity, reached an altitude of 51.four miles (82.7 km) throughout its fourth take a look at flight in December 2018. This time, the house airplane traveled with a a lot heavier payload — near full industrial weight — and a 3rd crew member, Beth Moses, the primary girl to enter house on a industrial US spacecraft.
Congratulations to our Chief Astronaut Teacher, Beth Moses / @VGChiefTrainer. At the moment, you turned the 571st human to journey into house. pic.twitter.com/0Zn7iTfOe9
— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 22, 2019
Increasing the Envelope
“Though we handed a significant milestone in December, we nonetheless have a approach to go in testing the numerous elements that may have an effect on a flight,” reads a press launch. “So, for this flight, we might be increasing the envelope to collect new and important knowledge important to future checks and operations, together with car middle of gravity.”
Check out the flight path our SpaceShipTwo will take throughout our fifth supersonic powered take a look at flight. The flight window opens once more tomorrow. Extra data on our flight take a look at program might be discovered right here https://t.co/FPuuC0NHoM pic.twitter.com/riEiledjo6
— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 21, 2019