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Galactic 03 - Virgin Galactic’s third commercial spaceflight

Galactic 03 - Virgin Galactic’s third commercial spaceflight – was launched from Spaceport America, New Mexico, on 8 September 2023, at 08:34 local time. VSS...

Galactic 03

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Overview

Destination: Suborbital
Mission: Tourism

Suborbital Spaceport America Air launch to Suborbital flight

Third commercial Virgin Galactic mission.

Updates

SwGustav • Sept. 8, 2023, 4:07 p.m.

Successful completion of the flight


Cosmic_Penguin • Sept. 8, 2023, 11:21 a.m.

Updated take-off time.


Cosmic_Penguin • Sept. 6, 2023, 4:30 a.m.

GO for launch per air space closure notices.


SpaceShipTwo

Family:
Configuration:

The Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is an air-launched suborbital spaceplane type designed for space tourism. It is manufactured by The Spaceship Company, a California-based company owned by Virgin Galactic.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    18.0 m
  • Diameter
    8.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    9 T
  • Thrust
    310 kN
Family
  • Name
    SpaceShipTwo
  • Family
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    SpaceShipTwo
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

VSS Unity


Active Human Rated Crew On-board: 6 Crew Capacity: 8
Destination: Suborbital
Serial Number: N202VG

VSS Unity, previously referred to as VSS Voyager, is a SpaceShipTwo-class suborbital rocket-powered crewed spaceplane. It is the second SpaceShipTwo to be built and will be used as part of the Virgin Galactic fleet.

SpaceShipTwo Details

Crew


Nicola Pecile

Commander - configurations.Country.None - ( VG )

Status: Active

Date of Birth: March 11, 1973
Age: 51

Michael Masucci

Pilot - configurations.Country.None - ( VG )

Status: Active

Date of Birth: None
Age: None

Colin Bennett

Instructor - configurations.Country.None - ( VG )

Status: Active

Date of Birth: None
Age: None

Adrian Reynard

Passenger - configurations.Country.None - ( VG )

Status: Occasional Spaceflight

Date of Birth: March 23, 1951
Age: 73

Ken Baxter

Passenger - configurations.Country.None - ( VG )

Status: Occasional Spaceflight

Date of Birth: May 15, 1949
Age: 75

Timothy Nash

Passenger - configurations.Country.None - ( VG )

Status: Occasional Spaceflight

Date of Birth: None
Age: None

Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic

(VG)

Founder: Richard Branson Founded: 2004 Successes: 62 Failures: 5 Pending: 0

Agency Type:

Virgin Galactic is an American spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists. Virgin Galactic's suborbital spacecraft are air launched from beneath a carrier airplane known as White Knight Two.

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