New Virgin Galactic ship tested

The Virgin Galactic consortium, led by Richard Branson, has just conducted the first VSS Unity test, also known as SpaceShipTwo. The test ended successfully.

Virgin Galactic found that the construction of aircraft was not easy. In 2014, during the test of the SpaceShipTwo ship, he suffered a crash during which his crew died. For the consortium, it was undoubtedly a huge blow that undermined trust in the company and caused retreating customers willing to pay gigantic money for the opportunity to travel to orbit.

Richard Branson did not surrender after this tragic event, and his engineers immediately began designing a new version of SpaceShipTwo. The ship called VSS Unity has just made its first flight. The test lasted only 10 minutes, and during the flight the machine did not accelerate above Mach 6, soaring at 15 km. However, engineers were sufficient to gather data showing how the ship behaves under real conditions.