Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic, made an important step in launching fly-by-flight flights for "tourists" by holding a test flight with the first passenger on board.
In the Mojave desert in California, the SpaceShip Two VSS Units were flying to Bet Mowes passenger cabin. She is an astron trainer and is a tourist coach in the future.
"Aviation says that the pilot has the best place on board, but I'm not quite sure," said David McKay.
The WhiteKnight Two carrier plane came shortly after 8am from local time and at around 13,400m the SpaceShipTwo multi-use ship freed. Then engine engines up to 88 km of ground.
In the previous test of December 2018, SpaceShipTwo went to 82 km, the first commercial commercial trip beyond space shuttle at the end of the Shuttle Space program in 2011, recalls Reuters.
Due to the winds, the tour was deferred on Wednesday, and today, in the clear morning, hundreds of viewers and ticket holders were collected for future trips. "This year, we celebrate 50 years of Apollo flying to the moon and as they all make every new step, we need to do more," said Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides.
Today, Moses became the first daughter to fly a commercial spacecraft. "It was unlikely, Richard, that you will fall in love straight away," he said after the landing.
Branson competes with the Blue Origins (Jeff Bezos) and SpaceX (Ilon Musk) projects for who will first launch the space tourism. Its plans are the first flight of SpaceShipTwo to tourists in mid-2019.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber and more than 600 people from 58 countries have paid a flight for one of the sub-flight flights. Some of them have been waiting for 14 years. The price is $ 250,000 and is expected to rise soon, and then start to decline.
There are also critics who insist that this is not called "cosmic tourism" because the 90 minute walk climbs between the atmosphere and cosmos, where a few minutes go into pressure and show the curve of the planet.
Shepard Bezos's new leaflet has already reached what is called The Karman Line – the internationally recognized border, 100 km of Earth, but there were no people on board. Last year, Musk announced that the Japanese Yusaku Mujeva would be the first leaflet around the moon. The forecast is 2023.