“Virgin Galactic spaceplane VSS Unity rockets to outer space, with Richard Branson and crew onboard” (Wattles, 2021). *** Top Photograph: Sourced from Cable News Network (C.N.N.) and Virgin Galactic: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/11/tech/richard-branson-virgin-galactic-space-flight-scn/index.html
Today, July 11, 2021, Virgin Space Ship Unity (VSS Unity) was released from its Virgin MotherShip Eve (VMS Eve) titled “White Knight Two” launch aircraft, accelerated to Mach 3 and reached and altitude of 53.5 miles and returned back gliding to Space Port America (S.P.A.), where the flight originated from, in a nearly flawless flight, according to Virgin Galactic (2021) and Waddles (2021).
AeroSpace-Weekly previously reported that Virgin Galactic became the first publicly traded space company with its first Initial Public Offering (I.P.O.) of stock on October 28, 2019 and this article can be read and viewed by Clicking your left mouse button twice Right Here.
The entire recorded two (2) hour, nine-teen (19) minute, and thirty-eight (38) second event can be viewed, sourced from Virgin Galactic, can be viewed by Clicking your left mouse button twice Right Here.
“Branson -— along with Virgin Galactic employees Beth Moses, Colin Bennett, and Sirisha Bandla and pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci — boarded the SpaceShipTwo, a winged plane with a single rocket motor that the company has spent nearly two decades developing, before the crack of dawn. Attached beneath its massive, twin-fuselaged mothership, dubbed WhiteKnightTwo, the vehicle took to the skies at 8:30 am MT and climbed to about 50,000 feet in the air,” according to Wattles (2021).
Virgin Galactic customers that had $200,000 to $250,000 United States Dollars (U.S.D.) of expendable & flash money to burn reserved the first six-hundred (600) passenger tickets for SpaceShip Two journey/flights at the introductory price, according to Waddles (2021). Waddles (2021) goes onto explain ticket sales will reopen soon at an expected higher cost.
Lastly, Wattles (2021) pointed to the previous days tweet by Sir Richard Branson with a picture of himself and a sock-less and slipper-less SPACEX Pioneer Elon Musk together on a cold and hard kitchen floor, OUCH, which is displayed below.
Virgin Galactic, July 11 (2021). Virgin Galactic Successfully Completed First Fully Crewed Space Flight. (https://www.virgingalactic.com/articles/virgin-galactic-successfully-completes-first-fully-crewed-spaceflight/)
Wattles, Jackie. July 11, 2021. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson successfully rockets to outer space. Cable News Network (C.N.N.): https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/11/tech/richard-branson-virgin-galactic-space-flight-scn/index.html