SpaceShipTwo Unity Reaches Space
Virgin Galactic conducted its fourth powered test flight of the SpaceShipTwo Unity on Dec. 13, 2018, marking the first time the ship reached space, and the photos are incredible. See photos from the test flight here. This image here is shows Unity as it climbs toward space during the Dec. 13 test flight. It was the fastest, highest one yet.
Early Morning Flight
WhiteKnightTwo as seen carrying SpaceShipTwo Unity on Dec. 13 during a powered test flight by Virgin Galactic.
Meet the Pilot
Mark "Forger" Stucky was in command for SpaceShipTwo Unity's flight.
2nd in Command
Former NASA astronaut Frederick "CJ" Sturckow was second in command for Unity's flight.
Fill the Hold
Today's flight carried payloads for NASA, which were loaded into Unity during preparations for flight.
To the Runway
Sturckow makes his way to the co-pilot's seat for today's flight.
Pilot Stucky walks toward the runway in preparation for his flight onboard Unity.
Pilots Mark Stucky and Frederick Sturckow set off toward the SpaceShipTwo Unity for its fourth powered test flight on Dec. 13.
The WhiteKnightTwo Eve jet carrying the Unity spaceship lifted off a bit after 10 a.m. EST.
Eyes to the Sky
Bystanders on the ground watch the fourth powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo Unity on Dec. 13, 2018.
Virgin Galactic head Richard Branson was on hand to watch the flight in person and shared this photograph on Twitter before the flight.