Virgin Galactic's second space flight of 2024 successfully transports tourists to edge of space

(MENAFN) On Saturday, Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company founded by Richard Branson, successfully transported four tourists to the edge of space and back aboard its space plane. This mission marks the company's second successful flight this year. The Galactic mission included seven passengers from Turkey, the United States, and Italy, who were taken to an altitude of approximately 88.51 kilometers. The entire journey lasted just over an hour, providing the tourists with a brief but thrilling experience of space.

The flight took off from and returned to Spaceport America in New Mexico, underscoring the operational capabilities of the spaceport as a hub for commercial space travel. In a statement, Virgin Galactic announced that this mission represents the final commercial flight for its VSS Unity spacecraft. The company is now focusing on producing fourth-generation spacecraft, which are anticipated to enter commercial service by 2026. This transition to more advanced spacecraft is expected to enhance the space tourism experience and expand the company's capacity to accommodate the growing interest in space travel. 



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