VSS Unity reaches the edge of space on test flight

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VSS Unity reaches the edge of space on test flight

Post by Athol Terence » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:41 am

Pilots Mark 'Forger' Stucky And Frederick ‘CJ’ Sturckow To Be Presented With FAA Commercial Astronaut Wings History has been made and a long-anticipated dream realized in Mojave, CA today, as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity landed from her maiden spaceflight to cheers from Richard Branson and the teams from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. Not only is this the first human spaceflight to be launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011, but the very first time that a crewed vehicle built for commercial, passenger service, has reached space.
The historic achievement has been recognized by the FAA who announced that early next year they will present pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky and Frederick ‘CJ’ Sturckow with FAA Commercial Astronaut Wings at a ceremony in Washington DC. CJ, as a four-time Space Shuttle pilot, will become the only person to have been awarded NASA and FAA wings.

The accomplishment has also been recognized by the NASA Flight Opportunities Programme, which flew four space science and technology experiments on VSS Unity, making this Virgin Galactic’s first revenue generating flight. The spaceflight, which was witnessed by a large crowd of staff and their families, as well as special guests and media, saw a 60 second planned rocket motor burn which propelled VSS Unity to almost three times the speed of sound and to an apogee of 51.4 miles. As VSS Unity coasted upwards through the black sky and into space, Virgin Galactic Mission Control confirmed the news and congratulated the two astronaut pilots: “Unity, welcome to space.”


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