New Virgin Galactic space tourism aircraft flies solo for the first time

The Virgin Galactic new SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity touching down after its first successful solo flight - image courtesy of Virgin Galactic

On December 3, 2016, the Virgin Galactic new SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew freely for the first time.

This important test marks the first time that a vehicle built by Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control.

The test flight of the new SpaceShipTwo comes just over two years after the SpaceShipTwo experimental spaceflight test vehicle, suffered a catastrophic in-flight breakup and crashed in the Mojave Desert, California, United States while performing a test flight.

In this video, Lead Test Pilot, Mark “Forger” Stucky, explains what it’s like flying VSS Unity for the first time.