Virgin Galactic Team Witnesses Second Supersonic Flight of Spaceplane ‘VSS Unity’
Virgin’s newest spaceplane, the VSS Unity, undertook its second successful, supersonic, rocket-powered test flight on the morning of May 29, according to a Virgin press release. The Unity is said to be ushering the way for future commercial space travel.
Richard Branson joined the Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company teams on the Mojave Air and Space Port flight line to witness the momentous test flight.
“It was great to see our beautiful spaceship back in the air and to share the moment with the talented team who are taking us, step by step, to space,” Branson said.
“Seeing Unity soar upwards at supersonic speeds is inspiring and absolutely breathtaking. We are getting ever closer to realizing our goals. Congratulations to the whole team,” he added.
Virgin Galactic’s spaceships are engineered to be turned around and flown at a higher frequency than has been the case for previous human spaceflights, Virgin’s press release reported.
Branson greeted the flight’s pilots, Dave MacKay and Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky on the runway tarmac. He also acknowledged the pilots of the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve— CJ Sturckow and Nicola Pecile.
“The pathway that Unity is forging is one that many thousands of us will take over time, and will help share a perspective that is crucial to solving some of humanity’s toughest challenges on planet Earth,” said Branson.
The VSS Unity was previously called the VSS Voyager.