Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot spacecraft, reached its highest altitude yet Friday (Jan. 10) in its third rocket-powered test flight. The company intends to send paying customers into sub-orbit later this year.
Virgin Galactic chief pilot David Mackay and co-pilot Mark Stucky took SpaceShipTwo to a record altitude of 71,000 feet. That’s twice as high as commercial passenger jets fly, Virgin Galactic said on Twitter.
Virgin Galactic is British billionaire Richard Branson’s commercial space venture and he’s selling rides on SpaceShipTwo for a breathtaking $250,000.