VSS Unity | Third Rocket Powered Flight
Virgin Galactic plans to test launch its suborbital spacecraft today. VSS Unity..
The jet ship must rise to a height of more than 40 km above the surface. The flight will be controlled by two pilots who will leave the atmosphere and will be in space, will experience microgravity for some time. The presence of a second crew member is necessary for insurance, in order to simplify flight control in non-standard conditions and in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Good weather required to launch successfully.
This will be the fourth and most dangerous VSS Unity flight in the history of the project. The previous three launches took place at much lower altitudes. Therefore these trials are final, since they can be the moment of the beginning or the failure of Richard Branson’s dream of commercial space flights, since in process VSS Enterprise tests, one of the pilots was killed and the other was seriously injured.
The mission’s success will usher in an era of space tourism, and will also allow the company to compete with SpaceX and compete for major NASA contracts…
In addition to near-earth travel, scientists are creating innovative systems for long-distance space flights. Dr. Mike McCulloch received $ 1.3 million in funding to create a new type of motor based on quantum inertia, which suggests that light can be converted into thrust..
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: progress.online
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