Virgin Galactic space plane for the first time reached the "cosmic heights"

Private American space company Virgin Galactic conducted another test of tourist suborbital spacecraft SpaceShipTwo and almost won the overseas space height. The company refined earlier that, like the US Air Force, is meant by this height of about 80 km. Space plane climbed to an altitude of 82, 7 kilometers above the Earth's surface. The successful launch of the company reported through the "Twitter".

Virgin Galactic space plane for the first time reached the

The sky spacecraft SpaceShipTwo raised WhiteKnightTwo aircraft carrier. Like all the previous ones, starts from the airfield of the Mojave Desert (CA).

Lovely shot of takeoff! WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo take to the skies pic.twitter.com/JFcSDVB9jR

- Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) December 13, 2018

After rising to a height of about 14 kilometers of the aircraft vacated space plane, the latter included a rocket engine, and after 42 seconds of operation of the accelerator, passing the stratosphere, entered into the mesosphere, reaching a height of almost 83 kilometers. The company adds that SpaceShipTwo has exceeded the speed of sound in the 2, 9 times.

For flights mesosphere is a kind of "dead zone" - the air is too sparse to support airplanes or balloons (altitude of 50 km the density of air is 1,000 times less than at sea level), and at the same time is too dense for artificial fly satellites in a low orbit.

SpaceShipTwo looking back on Spaceship Earth ???? pic.twitter.com/ynr31mKzzf

- Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) December 13, 2018

After a few minutes of flight in the mesosphere SpaceShipTwo began a gradual decline and eventually landed at the same airport in the Mojave Desert.

The owner of the company Virgin Galactic British billionaire Richard Branson, was present at the trial. After the successful launch, he said that the first SpaceShipTwo tourist flight with passengers on board is planned to be implemented by March 2019. Branson added that will be one of the passengers of this flight.

The spacecraft SpaceShipTwo is designed exclusively for tourist purposes. The cost of about a two-hour flight, during which passengers can experience weightlessness and see the Earth from a height of 100 km, is about $ 250 thousand. The ship is expected to be able to take on board the two pilots and six space tourists. The company has sold several hundred tickets for those who want to admire the beauty of the Earth from such a height.

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