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Virgin's Unity spaceship sets a new altitude record of 52 kilometers

4 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / The VSS Unity spacecraft makes a successful landing after its third powered flight.
Virgin Galactic has been saying for some time that it will reach outer space this year, and on Thursday it came the closest it has ever gotten. During the third powered flight of the VSS Unity vehicle, the spacecraft reached an altitude of 52km , just over halfway toward the Kármán line, which generally is regarded as the beginning of space. This is the first time that Virgin Galactic has flown into the mesosphere.
The company also released a few other details about the flight, noting that the...
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