The company Virgin Galactic, part of the Corporation Virgin Group billionaire Richard Branson, completed the second phase of testing of the spaceplane VSS Unity at his base in new Mexico. This was an important step in the activities of the company, which plans to operate passenger services into space.
The company said that after “extensive study” data about flight Virgin Galactic “will start preparation for the next phase” of its program of test flights, according to CNBC.
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I am delighted with the hard work of the team that successfully completed a test flight. It was an important test, which means that we can now start preparing vehicles to a full-fledged launch of the rocket engines,
– said George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic.
In the result the shares of Virgin Galactic rose in price by more than 4% only during the first hour of trading. The value of the securities at the close of trading on Friday, June 26, totaled 15.55 dollar for one piece.
What is known about test flights of the VSS Unity?
May 1 this year, the spaceplane VSS Unity took to the air with the help of the mothership VMS Eve. At altitude 15 to 200 meters the spaceplane went into free flight, speeding up to Mach 0.7.
This time the space vehicle again performed the may test, however, at a height of 15 to 500 meters and with a much greater speed – Mach 0.85 (1046 kilometers per hour).
About the activities of Virgin Galactic and the preparation for commercial flights into space
Virgin Galactic first space flight conducted on February 22, 2019. Since then, the company moved the space ship with your item for testing in the Mojave desert in an operating base in new Mexico.
Previously, Virgin Galactic reported that they plan to begin realization of commercial operations this summer. Also the company has promised its shareholders that the company will be profitable until 2021.
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Pandemic coronavirus forced Virgin Galactic to suspend operations in March 2020. However, as of may the vast majority of workers have returned to work.
Its business model Virgin Galactic refers to the sphere of “receiving impressions luxury”, given the prices for the services industry of space tourism.
The company Richard Branson is in the final stages of developing its space reusable spacecraftthat can carry six passengers in a 90-minute trip into orbit.
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