Space exploration can be an incredibly exciting prospect, especially when offered by a revolutionary company like Virgin Galactic. Founded in 2004, Virgin Galactic is a unique spaceflight company that offers commercial passengers the opportunity to experience suborbital space. The company is now in its final stages of testing, and is gearing up for their upcoming test mission, Unity 25, taking place on Thursday (May 25th).
Unity 25 is the fifth test flight for Virgin Galactic, and if successful it will pave the way for their very first commercial passenger service. All aboard are Virgin Galactic employees, including veteran pilot Mike Masucci and former NASA astronaut C.J. Sturckow.
The mission of Unity 25 is to test the company’s spacecraft VSS Unity, which contains many advances in air-launch and re-entry technology. The aircraft will be rocketing into space from its base in New Mexico, carrying out experiments and collecting data at supersonic speeds, before returning to the ground after a few minutes.
The cargo aside, the protection of safety for the Unity 25 crew is paramount for Virgin Galactic’s success. As such, the spacecraft is built with advanced safety features, from its pressurized cabin to its ejection seats. And, should anything go wrong during the flight, the crew of Unity 25 is trained and prepared to take the necessary measures to protect themselves and the craft.
It is safe to say that Unity 25 will be an exciting day for the Virgin Galactic team, as this marks the possible beginning of their commercial service. Whether Unity 25 is successful or not, it is sure to further our knowledge of space exploration and the possibilities of suborbital travel. We wish the crew all the luck for the mission, and look forward to hearing more about Virgin Galactic’s plans for future missions.