The first manned-solo flight of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft has just happened over the Mojave desert. Having been released from its WhiteKnightTwo mothership, VMS Eve, at 45,000ft (13,700m), the spaceship glided to a safe landing 11 minutes later at Mojave Air and Space Port.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, who was present to witness the flight later described it as “one of the most exciting days in the whole history of Virgin”. He went on to say: “The sky is no longer the limit. we will now begin the process of pushing to the final frontier of space itself over the next year”.
The VSS Enterprise was described by pilot, Pete Siebold, as “a joy to fly” and the company confirmed that all objectives of the flight were successfully completed.
Now all we need is the $200k for a ticket into space. click here to see the video of this historic maiden flight.