Meet the crew of Virgin Galactic’s first commercial spaceflight

Virgin Galactic has announced the crew of four who will fly aboard the company’s first commercial spaceflight.

The Galactic 01 mission is scheduled for launch sometime after 11:00 am EDT (1600 GMT) on Thursday (June 29) from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America in New Mexico. VSS Unity achieves suborbital flight using a dual-body carrier aircraft called VMS Eve, which launches from a runway at Spaceport America. At an altitude of approximately 50,000 feet (15,000 meters), VSS Unity is released from Eve, then ignites its rocket engine and flies the rest of the way back into space on its own. The suborbital flight is long enough to give Galactic 01’s crew members a few minutes of zero gravity and a chance to conduct their few research experiments.

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