Virgin Galactic rocket plane back in space – watch as it climbs to a height of 87.2km (54.2 miles/286,000ft)
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic rocket plane is back in action after a gap of almost two years.
The Unity vehicle, with two pilots and four passengers aboard, climbed high over the New Mexico desert to the edge of space – before gliding back down.
It was billed as the plane’s final test outing before entering commercial service in June.
Galactic has sold over 800 tickets to individuals who want to ride more than 80km (260,000ft) above Earth.
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Back in space! #VirginGalactic returned with passengers on board https://t.co/WVhaGo0qg7 its owner #SirRichardBranson has had a gap of two years but his rockets are now flying high #Unity25 #passengers #ynuktv clip pic.twitter.com/FCU2zSEWjg
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