It has been two years since the Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise crashed, but thankfully, that did not stop the company continuing with their project.
This week, Virgin Galactic announced that it had successfully test-flown their next space plane, the VSS Unity.
The flight was a “captive carry” test, in which the launch vehicle and spacecraft were held together, allowing them to ensure a safer flight.
In total, that test-flight lasted nearly four hours as it flown over the Mojave desert, taking a flight path of over 50,000 feet with the SpaceShip Two launch vehicle and the VMS Eve (WhiteKnightTwo) mothership.
VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay, while VMS Eve was piloted by Mike Masucci and Todd Ericson.
During this test, engineers tested how the Unity coped with the strains of near-stratospheric flight, which they will later use to further develop the craft.
You can read more about the launch at the source link below.
Source: Virgin Galactic