“Welcome to space, Unity 22,” Virgin Galactic said, because SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity successfully carried out a full burn, launching its crew to the 50-mile mark used by NASA, the FAA, and the U.S. military . Re-entry is now in progress.
Update 11:21 AM EST: Virgin Galactic reports that the VSS device is still L4 minutes away from launch. Update
at 10:58 AM Eastern Time: The VMS Eve transport aircraft and the VSS Unity space plane are currently navigating to launch altitude. A crew collision and engine start are expected at 11:20 am. US Eastern Time (1520 Greenwich Mean Time). Learn how Virgin Galactic astronauts arrived and launched from the US spaceport today.
10:45 AM Update EDT: Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 release webcast has begun.
On July 11, Virgin Galactic will take a big step towards commercial suborbital space flight. The company will launch the first manned flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity space plane with a special passenger on board: Richard Branson, the company’s billionaire founder.
Branson, three crew members and two pilots will make a historic flight after being taken to the launch position by Virgin Galactic’s VMS Eve carrier. They will take off from the company’s home port, the US spaceport in New Mexico, and will record the flight via webcast. This is all you need to know about the mission, Virgin Galactic calls it Unit 22.
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Virgin Galactic will begin its webcast mission at 10:30 am ET (1430 GMT). The crew will walk to the ship approximately one hour before. Mothership VMS EVE is expected to release Unity approximately 50 minutes after takeoff (11:20 am EST / 1520 GMT) and approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes after takeoff (11:35 am EST / Greenway) 1535 standard time) Landing .
It looks like this will be an interesting webcast.
CBS Evening Show host Stephen Colbert will be with singer Khalid (who will be doing his new single at launch), former Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield and future astronaut Victoria Jane Galactic Kelly Gerardy will host a broadcast on Internet together on a research flight in 2022. Webcast
will begin with the Unity spacecraft and its aircraft carrier from the US spaceport runway, located 88 kilometers (55 miles) north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Branson said that the entire flight takes about 90 minutes, including ascending to the launch position, launching, flying into space, and gliding back to Earth and landing on the runway of the US Spaceport.
Virgin Galactic initially planned to start its webcast at 9 am. EDT (1300 Greenwich Mean Time), but bad weather delayed the launch of VMS EVE and VSS Unity vehicles from their hangars. Chapter
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Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson (third from right) will start the company’s first manned flight as part of a six-person crew on July 11, 2021. They are (from left to right): Driver Dave McKay; Coplin Bennet, Chief Operations Engineer; Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Instructor; Branson; Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Investigation Operations; and Pilot Michael Ma Su Qi. Sir Richard Branson (third from right), the founder of
Virgin Galactic, will take off on the company’s first manned flight as part of a crew of six on July 11, 2021. They are (left to right): pilot Dave McKay; Coplin Bennet, Chief Operations Engineer; Beth Moses, lead astronaut instructor; Branson; Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Investigative Operations; and pilot Michael Masucci. (Image source: Virgin Galactic)
Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Investigative Operations at Virgin Galactic. Bandla will use a University of Florida experiment to evaluate the human research experience, which requires several portable stationary tubes to be activated at different points in the flight profile.
Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Investigative Operations at Virgin Galactic. Bandla will use a University of Florida experiment to evaluate the human research experience, which requires several portable stationary tubes to be activated at different points in the flight profile. (Image source: Virgin Galactic)
Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic Chief Astronaut Instructor. Moses will serve as Unity 22’s cabin leader and test supervisor, responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient execution of test flight objectives.
Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic Lead Astronaut Trainer. Moses will serve as Unity 22’s cabin leader and test supervisor, responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient execution of test flight objectives. (Image Source: Virgin Galactic)
Colin Bennett, Virgin Galactic Chief Operations Engineer, will evaluate the equipment, procedures and cockpit experience during the boost phase and in a weightless environment.
Colin Bennett, Virgin Galactic Chief Operations Engineer, will evaluate the equipment, procedures and cockpit experience during the boost phase and weightless environment. (Image Source: Virgin Galactic)
Virgin Galactic Chief Pilot Dave McKay
Virgin Galactic Chief Pilot Dave McKay (Image Source: Virgin Galactic)
Michael Masochie (Image Source: (Virgin Galactic)
Virgin Galactic will launch Unity 22 with a 6-person flight, although the spacecraft is designed to carry up to 8 people (two pilots and six passengers).
Unity 22’s crew includes four mission experts:
Sirisha Bandla, vice president of Government Affairs and Research Operations at Virgin Galactic She will evaluate the human research experience through an experiment at the University of Florida that requires the activation of multiple portable stationary tubes at different points in the flight profile.
Colin Bennett, chief operating engineer of Virgin Galactic. You will evaluate the cabin equipment, procedures and experience during the boost phase, as well as the weightless environment in Unity.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. Branson will evaluate the experience of a private astronaut. You will receive the same training, preparation