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Virgin Galactic spaceplane takes tourists on flight

Virgin Galactic spaceplane takes tourists on flight
June 10, 2024 Web Desk

FLORIDA (Reuters) - Virgin Galactic (SPCE.N), opens new tab flew four tourists to the edge of space and back aboard its spaceplane, marking the second flight this year, the Richard Branson-founded company said.

The Galactic 07 mission carried Turkish, US and Italian passengers to an altitude of about 55 miles (88.51 km) on a flight lasting slightly more than an hour. The space tourism company said that mission took off from and returned to Spaceport America in New Mexico on Saturday.

It marked Virgin's VSS Unity spaceplane's final commercial flight as the company is now producing its fourth-generation spaceships expected to enter commercial service in 2026, the company said in a statement.