Virgin Galactic’s 2nd spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity flew in the sky to its fastest speed and highest peak altitude distance of 82 km. The spaceship flew above Mojave Air & Space Port on December 13, 2018.
Some of the government officials still have doubts to whether the SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity really fly into space or not. The Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence tweeted, “the 1st crewed flight to launch from US soil in over 7 years” congratulating the company for its test success.
Jim Bridenstine also tweeted congratulating Virgin Galactic for its success and also stated that this was, “the first human spaceflight to be launched from American soil since the retirement of Space Shuttle!”
Dan Elwell, acting administrator of FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) was also very pleased with the success of SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity. He also added, “Virgin Galatic is among the many pioneers of space flight helping write a new chapter in aerospace history.”
The pilots of SpaceShipTwo, Mark Stucky & C.J. Sturckow are now eligible for receiving commercial astronaut wings from the Federal Aviation Administration as the flight also licensed by the FAA had exceeded the altitude of 50 miles. Bailey Edwards has also confirmed that the pilots will be receiving the astronaut wings.
Anousheh Ansari, Chief executive officer of the X Prize Foundation said, “We are now much closer to the day when private space travel will be accessible with a generation of people soon able to view planet Earth through a different lens.”
Anousheh Ansari herself had flown into space in the year 2006 as a commercial spaceflight participant to the International Space Station. She also mentioned that the SpaceShipTwo success was another big leap that has been taken towards the ultimate goal of making it possible for the people to view the planet from space.