It indicates the company is not far off from sending tourists to space.
Mission official Enrico Palermo says it reached an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding descent.
Sir Richard Branson is planning to step up production of spaceships and take new passenger bookings as he prepares for the launch of commercial flights as soon as next year.
Virgin Galactic is making big strides towards launching a space tourism agency but it might not be the first to do it. Competitors like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Beszos' Blue Origin are also trying to reach the same goal.
"We will now push on with the remaining portion of our flight test programme, which will see the rocket motor burn for longer and VSS Unity fly still faster and higher".
VSS Unity took off attached to its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo. Eve released Unity upon reaching an altitude above 40,000 feet. After a few seconds of coasting, VSS Unity's rocket engine fired on.
For 60 seconds, the two-man crew piloted Unity, pushing it to a speed of Mach 2.9 -- almost three times the speed of sound - edging toward "the edge of space".
A Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashed during a test flight in 2014. (That's the subject of some debate, with others arguing the boundary ought to lie at 62 miles, or 100 km.) But no matter how you parse it, the view was tremendous.
One of the many posts on Twitter by Virgin Galactic showcasing the success and significance of the launch
"Like the early days of aviation, these commercial space flights take grit and innovation - the very attributes it takes to blaze a trail for generations to follow", the FAA said in its announcement.
Virgin Galactic considers that altitude to be the threshold of space because it's defined that way by the Air Force and other US agencies, although others have long considered the boundary to be higher.
It was carrying two pilots and four NASA research payloads, as well as a mannequin named Annie, who was acting as a stand-in passenger.
The next flight test is expected within the next couple of months, depending on data analysis from Thursday's flight, Virgin Galactic said. Branson shunned the money after learning about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in October. "Ever since I watched the moon landings as a child I have looked up to the skies with wonder", Branson said in a statement. "Space is not cheap", he said. "I've personally invested about a billion dollars in this project, so having our first money coming back is a good feeling.We've got to make this a profitable venture, and I think we can make it a profitable venture".
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), an industry association that promotes commercial human spaceflight, congratulated Virgin Galactic, one of its members. This was the company's fourth rocket-powered flight of its test program.
A crewed spaceship built to carry private passengers has reached space - and generated its first revenue - for the first time.
The tragedy spurred critics of space tourism who have deemed such projects irresponsibly risky.
WWE Raw preview: Vince McMahon to shake things up When Daniel Bryan was cleared for in-ring competition earlier this year he left behind his role as SmackDown Live General Manager. Most wrestling fans are just as confused as Paige, but the support for the SmackDown GM has been nearly universal.
Microsoft is now offering $100 off any Xbox One bundle, including both Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles, for a limited time. However, gamers will need a pretty serviceable broadband connection if they want to stream the latest blockbuster titles.
The Special One was victorious in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup in the 2016/17 season at Manchester United . Pogba had reacted to Mourinho's sacking by posting a picture of himself smirking with his eyes darting to the side.
Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos singles in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals on August 27, 2018 in Philadelphia. He spent time with both the Rays and Phillies , hitting.306/.358/.487 (130 OPS+) with 22 doubles, 15 homers and 70 RBI.
More important, that tariff would be paid by those who purchase cars in the United States, not the government of Mexico. Pelosi said the path forward remained unclear, and that a stopgap " continuing resolution ", or CR, might be required.
That's when an officer made contact with him and noticed a heavy odor of marijuana coming from his auto . - Police said a 23-year-old man tried to trade a bag of marijuana for fast food at McDonald's .
Among examples of improperly used funds is the allegation that the charity spent $10,000 on a giant painting of Trump himself. The foundation was established by Donald Trump well before he ran for president.
In the past six years, if I have achieved anything, it is because you have kept me grounded and centred. "We've not spoken. And I was smiling to myself and I said "you're flirting with me" and he's like 'no I'm not flirting with you".
Now that break has been eliminated, while the October window can be used by teams as a recovery period ahead of the playoffs. The season will also conclude before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November for the first time.
The NFL Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Through 14 games, Roberts leads the National Football League in both kick return yards (912) and punt return average (14.9).
Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks
The new regulations could face legal challenges from the National Rifle Association, bump stock owners or manufacturers. In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, Congress sought to ban bump stocks , but no new legislation was passed.
Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors: What we learned
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Samsung Galaxy S10 will have a smaller cutout than the A8s
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Nintendo Switch is America's fastest-selling console
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Lasith Malinga picked up in IPL auction
IPL 2019 Auctions: Uncapped Varun Chakravarthy Sold to Kings XI Punjab for 8.4 Crore, Jaydev Unadkat Returns to Rajasthan Royals . On Tuesday, the Royals lapped him up him after a bidding battle with Kings XI Punjab , Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals .
Actress, director Penny Marshall dies at 75
A publicist for Marshall said the actress died Monday "peacefully at her Hollywood Hills home" from complications due to diabetes. His father, Carl, was one of the stars on Your Show of Shows , and he was the most famous person in the neighborhood.
White Sox acquire 1B Alonso in trade with Indians
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