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Richard Branson Launches Into Space on Virgin Galactic Flight
The 70-year-old British billionaire and crew members of Virgin Galactic launched the commercial space plane Unity from New Mexico, reached the edge of space and landed safely back at the spaceport on Sunday.
[crowd cheers] We are armed for release. Twenty seconds. Five, three, two, one. Release, release, release. Clean release. Ignition. Good rocket motor burn. There’s mock-1 trimming now. Trim complete. Unity is pointed directly up and heading to space. Things are looking great. We are 25 seconds into the burn now, approaching mock-2. There’s mock-3. And 60 seconds. And that is a full duration burn, folks. We are headed to space. The pilots are now unlocking the feather. Ah, you can see them now. I’ve done some ridiculous things in my lifetime. [inaudible] Truly, truly ridiculous. I just can’t wait for whoever is one day able to experience this. It’s a complete experience of a lifetime. Congratulations to all our wonderful team at Virgin Galactic for 17 years of hard, hard work to get us this far. You can tell by the smiles on their faces, they just had the ride of their lives. We are so excited for them to land and party the rest of the day like astronauts. Alright, we have three landing gear down and locked. Over the threshold. Main gear touchdown. Can see Sir already celebrating inside there. Nose gear touchdown.
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