The world's first commercial spaceship made its first manned free flight over California Sunday and successfully landed at Mojave Air and Space Port, its creator announced.
Virgin Galactic, the US Company developing the world’s first commercial manned space flight system and tourism business, announced the successful completion of the first piloted free flight of Spaceship Two, named the VSS Enterprise.
The spaceship was released from its mother ship, the four-engine aircraft dubbed Eve, at an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 meters), the company told.
During its first flight the spaceship was piloted by Pete Seybold, assisted by Mike Asbury as co-pilot. The two main goals of the flight were to carry out a clean release of the spaceship from its mother ship and for the pilots to free fly and glide back and land at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
"The VSS Enterprise was a real joy to fly, especially when one considers the fact that the vehicle has been designed not only to be a Mach 3.5 spaceship capable of going into space but also one of the world’s highest altitude gliders," Seybold said in a statement.