Virgin Galactic has flown its new Virgin Spaceship called VSS Unity in a glide for the first time, piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay.
Over the course of the 1 hour 20 minute flight Virgin Galactic’s pilots, mission controllers and ground crew collected valuable data that will help them move the program forward.
For this first gliding test flight, VSS Unity was flying slow, achieving a maximum speed of approximately Mach 0.6 while gliding home from an altitude of 50,000 feet.
To help you work out which vehicle is what, the smaller one SpaceShipTwo (VSS Unity) and the carrier vehicle is called WhiteKnightTwo (also known as VMS Eve).
Virgin’s Galactic’s manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, is now currently building additional SpaceShipTwo vehicles showing the firm’s appetite to bring the program to market.