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Virgin Galactic Unity sets new record in test flight

27 July, 2018 2:20 PM
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Virgin Galactic Unity sets new record in test flight

Virgin resumed its passenger spaceflight programme in April, three and a half years after the fatal crash of SpaceshipTwo.

On Thursday, Richard Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic completed the third rocket-powered test flight of its Unity space plane over California’s Mojave Desert at a top speed of Mach 2.47, or almost two and half times the speed of sound after the rocket burned for 42 seconds as compared to Concorde’s top speed of Mach 2.02. The unit climbed vertically through the Stratosphere almost at an altitude of 170,800 feet.

Source: moneycontrol.com

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