Sir Richard Branson of Billionaire succeeded in reaching the edge of the universe on a Virgin Galactic rocket-powered aircraft.
A British entrepreneur flew over New Mexico, USA, on a vehicle that his company had developed for 17 years.
He said the trip was a “one-time experience.”
He has now safely returned to Earth with his crew.
Defeating Tesla’s Elon Musk and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, he was the first space travel pioneer to reach space.
We are waiting for official confirmation of the height reached by Sir Richard, but it seems that it was 85km (282,000ft; 53 miles).
He was accompanied by two Unity pilots, Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, and three galaxy employees (Beth Moses, Colin Bennett, and Sirisha Bandla).
Sir Richard has billed this flight as a test of the space travel experience, which will be available to customers next year.
About 600 individuals have already paid the ticket deposit. This can cost up to $ 250,000 (£ 180,000).
These are all those who want to reach a height where they can see the sky turn black and marvel at the distantly curved Earth’s horizon. In such a flight, you can also achieve weightlessness for about 5 minutes while floating in Unity’s cabin.
There was a long way to go for Sir Richard to reach this point.He first Announced intention to make a spaceplane in 2004, He believed that commercial service could be launched by 2007.
However, technical issues including: Fatal crash During the development flight in 2014, the space project became one of the most challenging ventures in his career.
“I’ve wanted to go to space since I was a kid, and I want to allow hundreds of thousands of people to go to space over the next 100 years,” Sir Richard said before his flight on Sunday.
“And why don’t they go to space? The universe is extraordinary and the universe is wonderful. To help people look back at our beautiful planet, go home and take care of it. I want you to work hard. That. “
Space travel is a sector that is rekindling after a decade of hiatus and is becoming very competitive.
Throughout the 2000s, seven wealthy individuals paid to visit the International Space Station (ISS). However, this adventurism, organized under the auspices of the Russian space agency, ended in 2009.
There are many new initiatives right now. In addition to Sir Richard’s approach, there are projects from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and California tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.
Russians are also reassessing commercial flights to the ISS, and some want to set up a private space station for people to visit. Among them is Axiom, a company founded by a former NASAISS Program Manager.
Sir Richard received a message of goodwill from Mr. Bezos on Saturday, but their relationship clearly has some ties.
The day before, Bezos’ Blue Origin space company posted a pop tweet on Virgin Galactic’s Unity Vehicle. The post argues that anyone who flies on a rocket-powered aircraft will forever bear the asterisk by name because it will not reach the “internationally recognized” altitude of where the universe begins, the so-called 100km Karman line. I repeated it.
However, the US government is always aware that the boundaries of space are about 80 km (50 miles), and those above this altitude will be awarded astronaut wings. Until Sunday, only 580 people exceeded this height.
Unity is a suborbital spacecraft. This means that we cannot achieve the speed and altitude needed to keep it in space to orbit the Earth.
This vehicle is designed to allow passengers to enjoy stunning views at the top of the climb and experience weightlessness for a few minutes.
Unity will first be carried by a much larger plane to an altitude of about 15 km (50,000 ft), where it will be released.
The rocket motor behind Unity then ignites and blows the ship into the sky.
The maximum height that can be achieved with Unity is approximately 90 km (55 miles or 295,000 feet). Passengers can remove the buckle and float in the window.
Unity folds the tail boom when descending to stabilize the fall before sliding into the house.