Virgin Galactic’s first commercial spaceflight launches this week. Meet the 6-person crew of Galactic 01

Virgin Galactic has announced the crew of four who will fly aboard the company’s first commercial spaceflight.

The mission, Galactic 01, is scheduled to lift off from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America in New Mexico sometime after 11:00 a.m. EDT (4:00 p.m. GMT) on Thursday (June 29). VSS Unity achieves suborbital flight with the help of a dual-body transport aircraft called VMS Eve, which takes off from a runway at Spaceport America. Once at an altitude of approximately 50,000 feet (15,000 meters), VSS Unity is released by Eve, whereupon it ignites its rocket engine and travels the rest of space alone. The suborbital flight lasts long enough to grant Galactic 01 crew members a few minutes of weightlessness and a chance to perform their handful of research experiments.

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