Virgin Galactic's Space Plane Reaches New Heights (Video)

Space.com | 7/27/2018 | Google+
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Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane VSS Unity just soared to new heights, and you can go along for the ride, thanks to a new video.

The newly released video compresses the flight into 2.5 visually stunning minutes. Viewers see Unity carried into the skies above the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California by the plane's WhiteKnightTwo mothership, which is called VMS Eve.

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Unity began flying freely at an altitude of 46,500 feet (14,170 m), and the video captures the dramatic drop: The winged spacecraft falls away toward the Mojave Desert floor for a moment, before the plane's onboard rocket engine roars to life and blasts Unity onward and upward.

The space plane got high enough for pilots Dave Mackay and Mike "Sooch" Masucci — and all of us, vicariously — to see the curvature of Earth against the blackness of space.

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"That is a million-dollar view out the window, Dave," Masucci said in the video, which also features in-cockpit shots...
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