Virgin Galactic has reached the edge of space for the first time, in a milestone accomplishment for Richard Branson’s space tourism endeavors. And, the founder now says his own spaceflight will follow in a matter of months. Speaking to CBSN from California’s Mojave Desert just after the flight test, Branson said he’s ‘itching to go’ to space, and estimated he’d get there within the next six months. Virgin Galactic plans to conduct two or three more tests of this kind, and move its operations to New Mexico before sending Branson flying more than 250,000 feet above Earth. The aerospace firm’s SpaceShipTwo craft reached a boundary more than 50 miles above Earth on Thursday morning for the first time, after blasting off on a critical flight test in the Mojave Desert. To do this, the company had to push its rocket motor to the longest burn duration yet, ‘resulting in us going higher than we have before.’ In addition to its pilots, the aircraft carried NASA payloads for the first time, in effort to bring it as close as possible to commercial weight. SpaceShipTwo safely touched back down to Earth less than 15 minutes after achieving its highest flight yet and… Read full this story
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