Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo could launch into space 'within weeks'

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Virgin Galactic is all set to launch its latest SpaceShipTwo, the VSS Unity.

The ship is designed to carry two crew members as well as six passengers.

Seats for the spacecraft are reportedly costing upwards of $250,000, according to Digital Trends.

The VSS Unity will first be taken into space with a carrier aircraft called the WhiteKnight Two, according to the Guardian.

Once the spacecraft reaches a certain altitude, the VSS Unity will be "dropped" by the carrier aircraft, which is when its rocket engines fire up.

The VSS Unity will have to reach heights of 100 km in order to reach space.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, told CNBC he is confident that they would be in space "within weeks, not months."

The SpaceShipTwo craft, VSS Unity, has been going through tests above the Mojave Desert in California, according to The Guardian.

In its most recent test in July, the VSS Unity was released by the carrier aircraft at about 15 km in the sky.

After it was released, the pilots flew VSS Unity up nearly 53 km, five times the altitude of a transatlantic passenger plane.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. The SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, is shown.
2. VSS Unity is shown being taken into space by WhiteKnight Two, the carrier flight.
3. Vss Unity is "dropped" by WhiteKnight Two in space.
4. VSS Unity is shown flying by itself in space.

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Virgin Galactic is all set to launch its latest SpaceShipTwo, the VSS Unity. The ship is designed to carry two crew members as well as six passengers."

"According to the Guardian, the VSS Unity will first be taken into space with a carrier aircraft called the WhiteKnight Two."

"Once the spacecraft reaches a certain altitude, the VSS Unity will be 'dropped' by the carrier aircraft, which is when its rocket engines fire up."

"The VSS Unity will have to reach heights of 100 km in order to reach space."

SOURCES: The Guardian, CNBC, Digital Trends, RT,
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/09/virgin-galactic-space-flight-vss-unity-go-weeks-not-months
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/09/richard-branson-space-virgin-galactic-weeks-not-months.html?_source=twitter&__source=twitter%7Cmain
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/virgin-galactic-weeks-away-from-first-manned-test-flights-in-space/
https://www.rt.com/business/440729-branson-going-space-soon/