Space Shot

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Virgin Galactic is gearing up towards the launch of its space tourism flights. Mark Broadbent reports

SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, with its hybrid rocket motor firing, pulls upwards towards space in December 2018.

On December 13, 2018, the Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo aircraft VMS Eve, N348MS (c/n 001) lew above the California desert, its white fuselage and contrails behind its engines standing out against the blue winter sky.

At around 45,000ft, on the command of the Virgin Galactic mission control centre, Eve’s crew released the streamlined craft it was carrying beneath its wings: SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, N202VG (c/n 2).

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