VSS Enterprise made his first solo flight

private spaceship SpaceShipTwo made its first independent manned flight. A total test flight did not last long - only 25 minutes. The ship was raised to a height of 13, 7 kilometers carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo, where SpaceShipTwo department. The ship spent 11 minutes in the air, and then landed on the runway at the spaceport in the Mojave Desert. According to one of the pilots of VSS Enterprise, the flight was a delight. This flight of the space shuttle conducted in a free planning - without turning on rocket engines. According to Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, will soon be tested with the engine running. Testing of all systems of the spacecraft will continue until the end of the year, and in 2012 it will go to the first commercial flight. English billionaire named the tested grand event. "It was one of the most exciting days in the history of Virgin, - said Branson. - For the first time since we started our project in 2004, I watched as the first commercial spaceship landing on a strip of the Mojave Spaceport. It was a great moment. Now the sky is no longer the limit. " To date, sold 370 tickets for flights Virgin Galactic. The cost of a ticket into space is about 250 thousand dollars. The future space tourists have invested in venture of Richard Branson's $ 50 million., As not all of them want to deposit the full value of the ticket.


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