TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.—Richard Branson reached the sting of area and landed efficiently after a flight geared toward spurring a brand new, multibillion-dollar space-tourism trade.
The British entrepreneur and 5 crew members crossed the edge on a check flight of the spacecraft developed by Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc., which climbed greater than 50 miles above the Earth’s floor.
The spacecraft VSS Unity landed again on the Spaceport America facility in New Mexico on Sunday after a flight lasting about an hour. It efficiently separated from the launch airplane VMS Eve, which took off after a climate delay, earlier than its onboard rocket fired and despatched it increased.
On the peak, Mr. Branson and different crew members unbuckled and skilled weightlessness and peered at Earth and into area from a dozen home windows within the cabin.
The flight is a part of a broader push from corporations and buyers to develop viable companies primarily based on human area flight, lengthy dominated by authorities area companies with scientific and coverage missions. There have been cases of personal space-tourist journeys prior to now, such because the investor Dennis Tito’s 2001 go to to the Worldwide Area Station, however constructing a personal trade round such journey has proved elusive for industrial enterprises up to now.