Ship the space tourism company Virgin Galactic The space boundary again crossed Friday, according to the US definition of 80 kilometers in height, during a test trip in California, published by British millionaire Richard Branson.
SpaceShipTwo, ordered by two pilots, had crossed this arbitrary limit for the first time in December, when Branson announced with a fanfare that this is the first time it has been running since the end of 2011 of the NASA space shuttle program. 2011, which brought people into space.
However, the international convention has established the highest space boundary, 100 km, on the "Karman line".
This second flight of the commercial ship, as well as the two pilot schemes for the first time for a passenger, so it can be said that this is the first time for "tourists" to be taken to space.
It's about Beth Moses, who is the Virgin Astrctic main astron coach. After this trip, Moses came to the 571 people to reach the space and the first daughter to fly on a commercial space flight, the company said in a statement.
The ship reached the speed of Mach 3.0 during its revocation. I've cleared without an incident in the special base in the Mojave desert. "SpaceShipTwo, welcome to space," Virgin Galactic, who was tweeting the flight, wrote live, but did not broadcast live images.
SpaceShipTwo has planned to transport six tourist travelers, but the tests have been delayed for years, partly due to a mid-air crash that a joint pilot died in 2014.
Richard Branson told AFP on February 7 that he expected the tests to be sufficiently advanced next July to be able to occupy a place on board.
Blue Origin is the Virgin Galactic main competition, set up by the soldier Jeff Bezos, the Amazon owner.
New Shepard Blue Sheep spacecraft has crossed 100 km, but never people on board. Bezos suggested that this could happen this year.