The VSS unity gets a rocket-powered boost to a new altitude and speed.
If you're not a military pilot, your chances of breaking the sound barrier on a supersonic flight are pretty much nonexistent these days.
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But with his venture Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson may change not just that, but carry civilians into space, as well. Thursday the company moved a little closer to that dream with the third successful test flight of its VMS Unity space plane.
After being released from the VMS Eve carrier aircraft at 46,500 feet over California's Mojave Desert, the rocket-powered Unity climbed almost vertically to an altitude of 170,800 feet. It was the first time Unity has reached the Mesosphere, a layer of the Earth's atmosphere above the range of...