Virgin Galactic On Its’ Way As First Test Solo Flight Proves Successful
(ChattahBox Technology News) – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has made a major step towards becoming the first ever commercial space flight, after a test proved successful this morning.
SpaceShipTwo launched on its first solo flight, reaching 45,000 feet over the Mojave Desert. It then separated from its’ mothership, flew for 11 minutes on its own, and landed on the runway, with the mothership following.
“It’s a very big deal,” Branson said in a statement to the press.
“There are a number of big deals on the way to getting commercial space travel becoming a reality. This was a very big step. We now know that the spaceship glides. We know it can be dropped safely from the mothership and we know it can land safely. That’s three big ticks.”
So far, 370 people have put deposits down on a $200,000 ticket for the first flight. It may be a ways off, but this is an exciting jump towards a real, workable commercial space flight.