Virgin Galactic spaceship completes glide flight in New Mexico
A small number of test flights are needed before Virgin Galactic can take paying customers
Virgin Galactic's spaceship VSS Unity has landed in the New Mexico desert after its first glide flight from Spaceport America as the company moves towards commercial operations.
The company announced the flight on social media and shared photos of the craft on the runaway and members of the crew stationed far apart around the special carrier plane that ferries the smaller spaceship to high altitude.
After years of development and testing at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, Virgin Galactic is close to starting actual operations at its futuristic terminal and hangar in southern New Mexico.
The company has not set a date for the first commercial flights but has said it anticipates doing so in 2020.Published: by Radio NewsHub