Jul 03

Virgin Galactic completes first commercial flight

Virgin Galactic, the company founded by UK entrepreneur Richard Branson, has successfully completed its first commercial flight to the edge of space. Al Jazeera reports that two Italian air force officers and an aerospace engineer from the National Research Council of Italy joined a Virgin Galactic instructor and the spaceplane’s two pilots on a suborbital ride that took them about 80km above the New Mexico desert. The VSS Unity spaceplane then glided safely back to its starting point on a runway at Spaceport America, a state-owned complex near the New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences.