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Sir Richard Branson soars into space on his own winged rocket ship Virgin Galactic.
The thrill seeker, Billionaire, Richard was on board the space aircraft that took off on Sunday morning around 10:40 a.m. Eastern time from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
The space plane separated from the mother ship around 11:25 a.m. (about 13 kilometres) and ignited its engine for about 60 seconds, soared 86km to reach the edge of space
Minutes later, the space ship began its return glide to Earth and landed safely on the spaceport’s runway, that Mr. Branson, called “an experience of a lifetime.”..”The whole thing, it was just magical,”
The twin-fuselage aircraft, VMS Eve (named for Branson’s late mother) with Sir Richard’s space plane named V.S.S. Unity attached underneath took off with Richard and five crew.
VSS Unity achieved a speed of Mach 3 after being released from the mothership, VMS Eve. The vehicle reached space, at an altitude of 53.5 miles, before gliding smoothly to a runway landing at Spaceport America.
After separating from Mother ship, the acceleration made people on board feel a force up to 3.5 times their normal weight on the way to an altitude of more than 50 miles.
“I have dreamt about this moment since I was a child, ..and We’re here to make space more accessible to all,” Mr. Branson said on Sunday