Branson looks ahead to beginning commercial SpaceShipTwo flights

VMS Unity

How well the VSS Unity performs will depend on how long it burns the rocket motor; during the previous flight, the rocket motor burned for 42 seconds and helped the vehicle reach a peak altitude of 52Km.

As for VSS Unity itself, Virgin Galactic confirmed at 16:14 UTC that the spacecraft had landed safely at Mojave Airport, a little over 10 minutes after touching space.

"SpaceShipTwo, welcome to space", Virgin Galactic representatives said via Twitter during today's flight. Branson hopes to compete directly with Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos which also plans to ferry customers to space.

Virgin's twin-fuselage carrier airplane holding the SpaceShipTwo passenger spacecraft took off soon after 7am local time from the Mojave Air and Space Port, about 145 km north of Los Angeles.

The supersonic flight takes Virgin Galactic a big step closer to turning this dream of commercial space tourism into reality. The private-sector rocket ship designed for tourists successfully reached the edge of space for the first time on Thursday as part of ongoing tests on the craft.

A jet carrying Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship has taken off from a California airport on a test flight.

Branson predicted that the company would make it to space before Christmas, and that prediction held true.

Miley Cyrus takes Name That Song Challenge on 'Tonight Show'
Joining her on the classic track are Mark Ronson and John and Yoko 's son Sean Lennon . "I think it's so timely for right now". Miley was on the NBC talk show promoting her upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live .

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death
Mr Trump is facing criticism over the planned talks since North Korea has taken few concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programme.

Russian Bombers Landing in Venezuela: A Reaction to US Threats
The arrival of Russian bombers in the South American country has angered the USA government since it did not expect it. The country has objected to the presence of Russian strategic bombers in Venezuela, in line with White House policies.

Virgin Galactic considers 80km the boundary of space because it is used by the USA airforce and other USA agencies.

After the spaceliner and its two test pilots topped an altitude of 80 kilometers, a crying Branson hugged and high-fived some of the hundreds of spectators who gathered in the California desert to witness the launch. It has also earned the plane's pilots, Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow, commercial astronaut wings from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The flight was the fourth rocket-powered test mission of VSS Unity, which Virgin Galactic officially unveiled in February 2016.

Once at the correct altitude, the pilots cut the engine, letting the ship to glide upwards a bit more and then level off - this allows passengers to feel weightlessness and see the planet against the blackness of space. After that, it appears that the experience will be available to the public - for a hefty price of course.

"The real limitation we're shooting for is an altitude", said Mike Moses, president of Virgin Galactic, ahead of the launch, as reported by SpaceNews.

"The anticipated addition of SpaceShipTwo to a growing list of commercial vehicles supporting suborbital research is exciting", Ryan Dibley, Flight Opportunities campaign manager at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, said in a statement.


  • Jurgen Klopp: Man City and title are not Liverpool's immediate focus

    Jurgen Klopp: Man City and title are not Liverpool's immediate focus

    United are not a team that is blessed with flair and creativity in the final third, but Lingard is now the best option that they have.
    Japan explosion: dozens injured as blast destroys Sapporo restaurant

    Japan explosion: dozens injured as blast destroys Sapporo restaurant

    According to Japanese news agency NHK , the restaurant, a two-storey building, was destroyed in the explosion. This Dec. 16, 2018, image shows the explosion site in Sapporo , Hokkaido , in northern Japan.
    Virat Kohli slams 25th Test century, celebrates in style

    Virat Kohli slams 25th Test century, celebrates in style

    Rahane then joined Kohli in the middle, and initially he faced some issues getting used to the pace and bounce off the pitch. For India , Ishant was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four wickets while Bumrah, Umesh and Hanuma each claimed two.
  • Apple Music now available on Amazon Echo devices

    Apple Music now available on Amazon Echo devices

    If you have multiple Amazon Echo Smart Speakers, the Amazon Alexa app allows you to merge all the speakers by creating a group. Which means any iPhone user will be able to play their playlists, albums or songs directly from an Alexa-powered speaker .
    Spain's prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

    Spain's prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

    She was listed in the "Paradise Papers" leaks a year ago among numerous high-profile individuals with offshore tax arrangements. The documents were obtained by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and investigated by Spanish news website El Confidencial .
    Strictly Come Dancing voting

    Strictly Come Dancing voting

    She said: "Ashley is full of resilience but let me tell you, this has been a year that has put that to the test". While another wrote: "It's going to be sad not watching the two of you knock it out of the park each Saturday".
  • US federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

    US federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

    Because the administration would not defend the law, California, joined by 16 other Democratic states, stepped in. The Supreme Court originally upheld ObamaCare on the principle that the mandate was somehow a tax.
    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard confirms on-loan Liverpool youngster is ‘unsettled’

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard confirms on-loan Liverpool youngster is ‘unsettled’

    Rapid substitute Dejan Ljubicic slotted past Allan McGregor to ensure the Austrians progressed from Group G alongside Villarreal. He added: "We have certainly been tested". "To not have Candeias and Kent available, it affects the group".
    Woman smacking subway passenger with umbrella, keys

    Woman smacking subway passenger with umbrella, keys

    He later added that he'd completed a citizen's arrest on Luschinskaya, successfully detaining her until the police arrived. Lushchinskaya makes a few more attempts to hit the 2nd woman and then makes a phone call, apparently dialing 911.
  • Michelle Obama adds Cleveland stop to book tour

    Michelle Obama adds Cleveland stop to book tour

    Before she arrives in Phoenix, Obama will have made back-to-back weekend appearances in Tacoma, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. According to Crown Publishing, sales of the book, published four weeks ago, have now topped as high as 3 million.
    Cohen Says Trump Is Lying About Russia Investigation

    Cohen Says Trump Is Lying About Russia Investigation

    The president has denied ever asking Cohen to make illegal payments. "I did not do it to embarrass the president", Cohen said. Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY recently implicated Trump in the deals, without charging the president.
    Tampon recall in Canada and U.S.

    Tampon recall in Canada and U.S.

    This comes after some consumers have had to seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces that were left in their body. Any time a foreign object is left in the vagina, there's risk of infection and potentially toxic shock syndrome .


Latest news

UEFA Champions League 2018/19 Draw: Where to watch, Telecast Info, Livestream
Struggling Manchester United might have the most hard of the ties for Premier League clubs though as they take on PSG. Because if the new rules Manchester City could only face four teams; Ajax, Atletico Madrid , Roma and Schalke .

A Texas Federal Judge Ruled That The Affordable Care Act is Unconstitutional
His appeal came a day after a Texas judge struck down the former president's signature legislation as unconstitutional. It's unclear what form that would take, or if the Republican-majority Senate would go along and Trump would sign it.

New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity
January, he wants to hand over to the elected head of a Ukrainian Church, the decree on the Church's legal autonomy (autocephaly). The rival Kiev Patriarchate was born after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its popularity has grown since 2014.

Who is Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018?
The first runner-up was Tamaryn Green of South Africa and the third-place finisher was Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. Her mother, Normita Magnayon, comes from Oas town, Albay in the Philippines, while her father was born in Scotland.

Toyota Supra front end leaked in a spy photo
Not only that but the rumors of the two brands' partnership have been swirling for years now, becoming the stuff of lore. We already have a fair idea of how the new Supra will look, though, thanks to prototypes and disguised concept models.

Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray Apologizes for Old Offensive Tweets
He got the Heisman nod over fellow quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa of the University of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State. The Heisman Trophy , awarded to the top College Football player each season, was presented to Murray on Saturday.

Broncos fear Emmanuel Sanders tore Achilles at practice
Expect to see quarterback Case Keenum get running backs Devontae Booker and Phillip Lindsay involved in the passing game as well. Keenum and company will have to make quick work to have their game plan ready when they face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say
But she added: "The EU is clear, as I am, that if we are going to leave with a deal, this is it". I will continue to fight for a good deal for Britain.

California Considers Milking Cellphone Users With Controversial Texting Tax
Wireless providers have blocked messages and imposed content restrictions, Twilio said in its petition to the FCC in 2015.

Robert Sarver Says Suns Are Staying In Phoenix In Video Release
Under the $230 million plan, the city will spend $150 million to renovate the stadium, and the Suns will spend $80 million. Rogers had some absolute dimes during her impassioned speech, such as: "He's so tight, he squeaks when he walks".

Melania Called Out ‘opportunists’ For Using Trump For Personal Gain. Yuge Mistake
The first lady has said in the past that she's asked the president to tone down the tweeting. Trump is visiting JBLE-Langley with the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick M.

Mavs' Nowitzki reportedly expected to make season debut Thursday
The 2007 NBA MVP won a title in 2011 and ranks as the 7th all-time leading scorer in league history. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle added on "All things considered he did fine, did well".

Theresa May vows to secure better Brexit deal
At a later press conference , Mr Juncker described Mrs May as a "good friend" who he admired as a "woman of courage". He added: 'We don't want the United Kingdom to think there can be any form of renegotiation, that is crystal clear.

Ariana Grande Reaches Out to Pete Davidson After His Cry for Help
Meanwhile, Machine Gun Kelly announced on his platform that he was on a plane, on his way to Pete's to make sure he was Okay. Just remember I told you so", he concluded. "I'm loving the new music I've been working on", he said.

'Donald' is one of the worst passwords of 2018
They say hackers have great success guessing your passwords by using celebrity names, pop culture terms and sports teams. People are using the highest levels of government to come up with the world's lowest security passwords . "Sorry, Mr.

Other news