Spaceship and space science have seen several historical milestones in recent years, from reusable rockets to the first space helicopter on Mars. But while others have their places of interest in longer trips, exploration and colonization, some companies aim to start a new commercial industry a little closer to Earth. Virgin Galactic simply approached one step more to that goal on his last test flight that led not only no human to space, but his own founder, Sir Richard Branson.
The spatial ships of the Galactic Virgin are already a species, even without this achievement. Unlike the idea of all conventional rockets, the VMS of the low razor takes off from a track like a plane. After reaching a certain altitude, the VSS unit falls off from EVE, reached an altitude of 53.5 miles before sliding back to the ground, and landing safely on a clue at Spaceport America, exactly as a plane.
All the flight lasted only 15 minutes, but it was a historic, especially for one of Unity passengers. Sir Richard Branson may be presumed to beat Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, to be the first to reach space. Of course, Branson painted the achievement as an inspiration for the next generation of dreamers, but he does not hurt to have a media festival even before that monumental space flight.
The ultimate goal of the Virgin of Galactic is, of course, a new spatial tourism industry where passengers will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars only to experience the atmosphere of zero gravity and see the stars a little closer, even if only for some minutes. That puts the company directly at odds with the Blue Origins of Bezos, who wants to attend to the same crowd, but with a more traditional way of spacecraft.
Without being surprisingly, the blue origins seemed ready to participate in a bit of a snoring contest on Twitter. The company of Bezos is not as subtly implemented that the Galactic Virgin is not really reaching space, at least not by the highest figures established by an international standard that the United States does not follow. However, it was also considered that the unexpected flight of Branson was also a direct challenge to Bezos, who will take his own space flight on July 20.