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Inside Virgin Galactic’s Historic First Space Flight

Taking to the skies above the Mojave desert, Virgin Galactic conducted its fourth powered test flight and first space flight of it’s commercial SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity.

Which is the first human spaceflight to be launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011, but the very first time that a manned vehicle built for commercial, passenger services, has reached space.

The historic achievement has been recognised by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who will be presenting early this year, pilots Mark “Forger” Stucky and Frederick “CJ” Sturckow with Commercial Astronaut wings at a ceremony in Washington DC. Frederick “CJ” will become the only person to have been awarded NASA and FAA wings.

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