Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic successfully flew its spaceplane during another powered flight test over the Mojave desert — sending the vehicle to its highest altitude yet. It marks the third time the vehicle, the VSS Unity, has ignited its engine during flight.

The VSS Unity is a SpaceShipTwo vehicle designed to carry six commercial passengers and two pilots into space, where they will experience 5 minutes of weightlessness before gliding back down to Earth.

After the testing phase is complete, the team will move to Virgin Galactic’s future home, Spaceport America in New Mexico, where the company plans to conduct its first commercial flights.

The plan is to do a few more test flights there to get the pilots acclimatized to the new facility and airspace. And when that is complete, VSS Unity will carry its first paying customers.