Spaceport America, New Mexico
Sunday, public space company, Virgin Galactic, completed their third space flight, first successful flight in nearly two years. Early Sunday morning, Virgin Galactic tweeted, “It's a great day for space.” hinting at their launch. On board the launch vehicle was CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, while Kelly Latimer and Michael Masucci piloted VMS Eve. The VMS Eve launch vehicle, a carrier mothership, held the VSS Unity shuttle that enighted mid air, propelling the Space vehicle to three times the speed of sound, pitching up, and heading to the stars. Reaching the edge of space, the jet look-alike spacecraft performed a backflip rotation reaching an altitude of 293,000 feet.
“It was flawless,” Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier told CNBC about the flight.
Virgin galactic's purpose is to bring commercial spaceflight to play. Virgin Galactic has already set a price of $250,000 for a seat to space. Colglazier says commercial spaceflight may be a reality by early 2022.
Virgin Galactic’s flight on Sunday marks the first ever manned flight to space from New Mexico, marking a milestone for the state.
Virgin Galactic's stock price jumped 20% higher early Monday pre-market, fueled by their successful launch the day prior.