Rocket Virgin Galactic With two planes, the plane flew higher than ever before, surpassing what the US Army sees as the space frontier and has become the first plane to fly since 2011 and leaves the US soil.
The United States had not sent any space out of its territory since the shutdown of the space shuttle program NASA In 2011, Russia's use of Russian "Soyuz" rockets to astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
Since then, private companies struggling to build vehicles capable of sending astronauts into space are struggling for a commercial battle.
In this confrontation, Virgin Galactic moved on Thursday as an important milestone for its VSS Unity device to reach 82.7 kilometers.
VSS Unity did not take off right from The earth, was transported by a cargo plane that left the "space" from 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 Space", the group wrote Twitter. "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. ?? pic.twitter.com/tHHNSlkrd0
– Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) December 13, 2018
Usually it is believed that the boundary of the space is 100 km, but the US Army believes that it is slightly further, about 80.4 km, while passenger airplanes fly about 10 km in height.
This flight is an extraordinary victory for the space company founded by Brittany Richard Branson, who is trying to send tourists to the site at a price of 250,000 dollars (170 million Chilean pesos) in the seat. More than 600 customers have already paid the price.
Branson, who had already confirmed to CNN in November that he intended to see his pilots fly into space "before Christmas," wrote on Thursday in a statement: "Today, for the first time in history, a wild boat built to carry private passengers has reached its place. "
"It's a decisive day, and I would not be proud of our teams that have opened a new chapter in space exploration," he added.
The US space agency paid Virgin Galactic for VSS Unity to fly in four space science and technology experiments, "making this Virgin Galactic Flight the first to generate resources," the company said.
"Congratulations @ VirginGalactic on the successful SpaceShipTwo flight to a suborbital location with four @NASA_Technology ship shipments," NASA said in Twitter.
Congratulations to @VirginGalactic SpaceShipTwo successfully floats to the suborbital space with our four @ NASA_Technology valid cargo on board. With a good missile engine fire, the mission exceeded 50 miles. Learn more about our technology: https://t.co/CnVFu1eSQz https://t.co/D1AhE1Uzxm
– NASA (@ NASA) December 13, 2018
In July last year, VSS Unity reached 52 km in an atmosphere called the Mesosphere, outside the stratosphere.
Another US company that is more discriminating about Virgin is in good condition to become the first passenger to send passes to space: Blue Origin, founded by millionaire Jeff Bezoss, owner of the Amazon, but it seems that he has decided to do so with a small rocket.
The first commercial flight date for Virgin Galactic was postponed several times, mainly due to additional pilots paid in a pilot flight in 2014.
"What we have witnessed today is the most reliable evidence that commercial space is intended to become one of the industries that defines the 21st century," said George Whitesiders, president of Virgin Galactic and space ship company.