Hosted another successful test of the company Virgin Galactic spaceplane
Spaceplane VSS Unity made a second flight at supersonic speeds, according to the American company Virgin Galactic. The tests deemed successful, took place May 29, 2018 at the site in the Mojave Desert (California).
During the tests the ship separated from the carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo, followed by 31 seconds on a rocket engine, developing speed of 1, 9 Mach number (2267 km / h) and typing a height of about 35 kilometers.
The goal of VSS Unity tests is to develop spacecraft flight control systems in a supersonic mode. In the passenger seat and related equipment have been integrated during the last tests in the spaceplane.
The first tests VSS Unity in the supersonic regime held April 5, 2018. Then the ship was able to develop a speed of 1, 87 of the Mach number (2231 km / h). Previous 11 spaceplane flights conducted since February 2016, took place without the inclusion of a rocket engine. Suborbital rocket a manned spaceplane VSS Unity introduced in February 2016 as the year advanced model VSS Enterprise, crashed in October 2014 due to pilot error. VSS Unity and VSS Enterprise are the models of the first and second generations, respectively SpaceShipTwo spacecraft.
Designed and built by Scaled Composites The Spaceship Company Virgin Galactic spaceplane designed for suborbital tourist flights. The cost of such a journey for each of the six passengers is estimated at 200 thousand dollars. The Virgin Galactic hopes to begin commercial use of VSS Unity already in 2018.