About the mission:
♦ The crew will fly to the edge of space on the ‘Unity’ rocket ship developed by Virgin Galactic as part of the mission on July 11.
♦ This will be the VSS Unity’s 22nd mission.
♦ This will be the fourth crewed spaceflight for Virgin Galactic.
♦ It will also be the first to fly with a full crew of two pilots and four mission specialists, including Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson, who will be testing out the private astronaut experience.
♦ The mission’s goal: Unity 22 will focus on cabin testing and customer experience.
♦ Two more test flights are still needed before Virgin Galactic can begin commercial service in 2022.
Uniqueness of VSS Unity Spaceship:
♦ Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spacecraft are launched from beneath a carrier aircraft called the “White Knight Two.”
♦ The spacecraft can reach an altitude of about 90 kilometres, providing passengers with a few minutes of weightlessness and a view of Earth’s curvature from the edge of space.