Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. has successfully completed its third spaceflight and the first ever spaceflight from Spaceport America, New Mexico, making it the third US state to launch humans into space. VSS Unity achieved a top speed of Mach 3 after being released from the mothership, VMS Eve, and reached space at an altitude of 55.45 miles before smoothly gliding smoothly to a runway landing at Spaceport America. Read more for the video and additional information.
VSS Unity’s flight deck was commanded by CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, while Kelly Latimer and Michael Masucci piloted VMS Eve. CJ, who flew as pilot-in-command, becomes the first person ever to have flown to space from three different states, enjoying brilliant views of New Mexico’s White Sands National Park below. In celebration, the Zia Sun Symbol of New Mexico’s state flag was placed prominently on the exterior of the Spaceship.
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Fifteen years ago, New Mexico embarked on a journey to create the world’s first commercial spaceport. Today, we launched the first human spaceflight from that very same place, marking an important milestone for both Virgin Galactic and New Mexico. I am proud of the team for their hard work and grateful to the people of New Mexico who have been unwavering in their commitment for commercial spaceflight from day one. Their belief and support have made today’s historic achievement possible,” said Sir Richard Branson.