Virgin Galactic

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A mother ship and its spaceplane (the middle fuselage)
Looking from underneath: a mother ship and its spaceplane (the middle fuselage).

Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company founded by the English billionaire Richard Branson in 2004.

In May 2021 one of the company's spaceplanes took people into space.[1][2]

On 11 July 2021, Richard Branson and three employees were passengers on a flight, up to an altitude of 86 km (53 mi); the flight had two pilots.[3] However, the rocket plane Unity flew outside restricted airspace; That happened for 1 minute and 41 seconds; The Federal Aviation Administration is doing an investigation as of 2021's third quarter;[4] the plane does not have permission (is not allowed) to fly, until the investigation is finished, media said on September 2, 2021.[5]

The spaceplane is rocket-powered. It is a SpaceShipTwo type spaceplane. In 2021, it came to an altitude of 86 km (53 mi), with people inside.[6]

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  1. "Virgin Galactic rocket plane flies to edge of space". BBC News. 2021-05-22. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  2. "Virgin Galactic провела первый запуск своего космического корабля с людьми на борту". AIN.UA (in Russian). 2021-05-24. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  3. Howell, Elizabeth (10 July 2021). "Meet the crew launching on Virgin Galactic's 1st fully crewed flight Unity 22". Space.com. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  4. https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-faa-probing-virgin-galactic-july-11-flight-deviation-2021-09-01/
  5. Shepardson, David (2021-09-02). "U.S. bars Virgin Galactic rocket plane flights pending mishap probe".
  6. Howell, Elizabeth (10 July 2021). "Meet the crew launching on Virgin Galactic's 1st fully crewed flight Unity 22". Space.com. Retrieved 12 July 2021.