TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.—Richard Branson reached the sting of house 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 aircraft 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 house from a dozen home windows within the cabin.
The flight is a part of a broader push from firms and buyers to develop viable companies primarily based on human house flight, lengthy dominated by authorities house businesses with scientific and coverage missions. There have been situations of personal space-tourist journeys up to now, such because the investor Dennis Tito’s 2001 go to to the Worldwide House Station, however constructing a personal trade round such journey has proved elusive for business enterprises to this point.