Billionaire Richard Branson have completed his childhood dream with 5 Virgin Galactic employees after Virgin Galactic successfully sent them to the space on Sunday morning achieving a new milestone in the history of spaceflights as part of the Unity 22 Mission.
The SpaceShipTwo plane, dubbed VSS Unity took off at 10:40AM ET from the Spaceport America in New Mexico attached to the Virgin Galactic’s twin-fuselage WhiteKnight plane, SpaceShipTwo place was dropped from the spaceship carrier at about 45,000 feet and moments later the plane ignited the single rocket engine to blast to the edge of space, reaching 83.5 kilometers above the ground.
Richard Branson and the crew later experience weightlessness for few moments and later gliding back to makes a safe touch down at the Spaceport America. Branson called the flight “an experience of a lifetime,” while in communication with the ground control from the space flight.
SpaceShipTwo Plane also carried two pilots, Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, and three other crew members in the cabin: Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, Lead Operations Engineer Colin Bennett, and Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations Sirisha Bandla alongside the founder Richard Branson.
After the landing, Branson jumped out of the VSS Unity and made a run toward a crowd of photographers, children, and relatives just outside Spaceport America.
“I think like most kids I have dreamt of this moment as a kid, but honestly nothing could prepare you for the view of Earth from space,” Branson said at the post-flight ceremony. He later called Virgin Galactic “the spaceline for Earth” and as promised he revealed a partnership with fundraising company Omaze to give out two seats on VSS Unity, and — “with my Willy Wonka hat on,” he quipped — a personal tour of Spaceport America.
Branson’s VSS Unity spaceflight took him ahead of Jeff Bezos flight to the space on July 20th in Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket