Virgin Galactic Completes First Powered Test Flight Since Fatal 2014 Crash

April 6, 2018 7:01 am Last Updated: April 8, 2018 11:33 am

Virgin Galactic completed its first powered test flight on Thursday, April 5, an achievement that Richard Branson said made space feel “tantalisingly close.”

The company’s plan to launch tourists into space suffered a major setback when an earlier version of its spacecraft broke apart almost four years ago, killing one of its two pilots during a test mission.

The video above shows the spacecraft being launched from its carrier aircraft, The White Knight II, to the edge of space, and its safe landing at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

Richard Branson announced the news on Twitter, adding, “Data review to come, then on to the next flight. Space feels tantalisingly close now.”


Credit: Virgin Galactic via Reuters