A rocket no Virgin Galactic with two to fly on the deck he flew higher than ever, surpassing what the US military sees space boundaries and becoming the first served flight since 2011, originating from US soil.
The United States did not send anyone room from its territory since the cessation of NASA's space state program in 2011 and used rockets Russians Soyuz pick up astronauts International Space Station (ISS).
Since then private companies who are trying to build vehicles able to send astronaut to the place they are fighting commercial fight.
In this confrontation Virgin Galactic crossed an important milestone on Thursday, December 13, 2018, when its device VSS Unity managed to reach 82.7 kilometers.
VSS Unity did not take off directly from Earth, it was transported by a cargo plane which came out of the "space" Mojave, California, and after he was released, his two pilots started the engine on the ship and set a course to heaven to gain heights.
"Welcome to room"The group wrote Tweet. "We've gone to Mach 2.9 (about 3550 km / h), which is 2.9 times the sound speed," he said.
SpaceShipTwo, Welcome to Space.
– Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) December 13, 2018
Usually it is believed that space boundary It's 100 km away, but the US Army believes it's a little further, at about 80.4 km away, but passenger airplanes they fly about 10 km in height.
This flight is a Victory an extraordinary company of this British-based space company Richard Bransonwho is trying to send to for tourists on the spot 250,000 euro seats. More than 600 customers have already paid the price.
Branson, who had already told CNN in November that he was planning to see him to fly get to the room "before that Christmas", Wrote on Thursday a communication: "Today, for the first time in history, a wild sea ship was built to carry private passengers, has arrived in space. "
"This is a decisive day, and I would not be proud of ours commands who have opened a new chapter space exploration"He added.
US space agency paid Virgin Galactic VSS Unity flies with four experiments from space science and technology "making this Virgin Galactic Flight the first to generate resources," the company said.
"Congratulations on @VirginGalactic on the successful flight SpaceShipTwo on a suborbital space with four shipments of @ NASAíTechnology ships, "he said. NASA on twitter
Last July, the VSS unit reached 52 km the atmosphere the call the mesosphere, outside the stratosphere.
Another US company, more discriminating than Virgin, is well positioned to become the first passengers to room: Blue Origin, founded by millionaire Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon, but it seems he has decided to do it with a small rocket.
Virgin Galactic's first commercial flight date was postponed several times, mainly because of an accident copied for a pilot flight in 2014.
"What we have experienced today is proof To convince more that the commercial area is intended to become one of the industries that define the 21st century, "said George Whitesiders, president of Virgin Galactic and president of the Space Company.