Watch Virgin Galactic's First Passenger Space Flight Launch

British businessman Richard Branson today, July 11, will make the first passenger flight on the device

Virgin Galactic.According to the company's technology, the VSS Unity suborbital ship will take off on the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, which is flown by two professional pilots. After undocking from the aircraft on thrust, VSS Unity will enter a suborbital trajectory and, upon reaching the specified altitude, will make a horizontal landing. Weightlessness will be present for 4 minutes.

The businessman noted that he wants to be the first to experiencepassenger flight before starting to sell tickets in 2022. The device will go on an hour and a half flight, it will start at about 17:00 Moscow time, but may be delayed due to weather. Branson and the pilots will use Under Armor's ammunition, which has been specially developed for the company.

Virgin Galactic announced plans for the first timemake a passenger flight into space in 2004. Then they planned to implement them by 2007. However, technical difficulties, including a fatal crash during a test flight in 2014, made the space project one of the most challenging in the company's portfolio.

“I wanted to fly into space since childhood, and II hope that hundreds of thousands of other people over the next 100 years will be able to do the same, ”Branson said. - Why don't they fly into space? The cosmos is extraordinary. I want people to be able to look at our beautiful Earth, come back home and work very hard to try to do something magical with it, to take care of it. "

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