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The Virgin Galactic Crewed Mission on 22 May

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo completes third crewed spaceflight Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo completes third crewed spaceflight

Richard Branson, the British billionaire’s private space company “Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc” successfully finished its third flight to Mexico from its new homeport. As per the reports, this is a milestone for the company, as it took it 2 decades to develop a commercial spacecraft to launch paid customers to outer space. Because of this technology, people who are interested to travel into space will also get a chance.

The spacecraft “Branson's SpaceShipTwo” lifted off within the desert about 45 miles northeast of Las Cruces, New Mexico (NM). This occurred in the morning time at 10:35 a.m. The spacecraft traveled for 2,300+ miles within an hour. After 50 minutes, the craft reached a particular height, which is recognized as space as per NASA’s viewpoint. The craft has now earned a suborbital status of the flight.

Since it was a milestone for Branson, he posted the news with pictures on social media with the caption "Delighted to be on the flight line to Virgin Galactic's first human spaceflight from the majestic Spaceport America." The firm stated CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay were on the deck, reaching to space, while the aircraft was being operated by Kelly Latimer and Michael Masucci to help the crew take off.

The spacecraft, which may accommodate six people, safely slid with their two pilots at around 11:45 a.m. to a touchdown on a runway. The company was so excited, that it mentioned that the views they acknowledge at the time of travel were mesmerizing. Beautiful combination of the blue-rimmed curvature of the globe against the blackness of space. Their experience today gives the future astronauts of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft gives a glimpse of what lies ahead.

The Virgin Galactic company announced the speed the spacecraft covered, which was equal to three times the speed of sound in air. The spacecraft covered an altitude of 89 kilometers, which is 55 miles above sea level.

Branson founded his company back in 2004 and it’s the third time his company reported reaching space. As per the Washington Post, it reported that this flight comes at a critical time for Branson as his space venture is facing intense competition Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. The billionaire is the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin is his own effort to create a commercial spaceline.

The CEO of Virgin Galactic, Mr. Michael Colglazier added that there are two more test flights ahead to check out their spacecraft functionality. The next mission will occur with four specialist passengers within the cabin. Furthermore, he added that there is another pending flight, which will take Branson to the edge of the space. As per the third flight, he added: "The flight today was elegant, beautiful.” The CEO declared that the data gathered from the spaceflights is going to be analyzed, however, watching the flights take off from the ground and communicating with the pilots in space from the ground is another magnificent feeling.

According to Virgin Galactic, the latest trip offered a review of horizontal stabilizer improvements, more flight checks, and a series of cabin cameras to transmit live flight views to ground workers. The shuttle also carried a scientific payload in cooperation with NASA's “Flight Opportunities Program.” Now, the company will analyze all data gathered, conduct a review, and inspect the mother ship and spaceship thoroughly. Once the test results are confirmed, the company will plan another milestone, taking a flight to space once again.

Based on the insides, Mr. CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay were on VSS Unity’s landing deck, while Kelly Latimer and Michael Masucci were pilots for VMS Eve. CJ is said to be the first person from three separate countries who flew as pilot-in-command. Virgin Galactic notes that New Mexico’s white sands park sparkled beautifully from the ground. A maintenance examination of the special carrier aircraft, which takes the six-passenger spacecraft to high altitudes and is released to fire a rocket engine and propel them ultimately to space, was included in the preparations for the launch of a new mission.

 

Refferences:

https://www.compositesworld.com/news/virgin-galactic-spaceshiptwo-completed-third-crewed-spaceflight

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/virgin-galactic-space-launch-new-mexico/

https://www.virgingalactic.com/articles/virgin-galactic-completes-first-human-spaceflight-from-spaceport-america-new-mexico

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/virgin-galactic-moves-one-step-closer-commercial-space-flights-2021-05-22/

https://www.voanews.com/science-health/virgin-galactic-shuttles-first-rocket-powered-flight-reaches-edge-space

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