SpaceShipTwo Sets its Novel Height Record of 71,000 Feet

According to a new report, virgin's SpaceshipTwo (SS2) has set a new altitude record in its very first test flight in the current year. It has been reported that the Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has attained a height of 71,000 feet at speed of about Mach 1.4, which was accomplished in its third test flight of 2014 on Friday.

The main motive of the flight above the Mojave Air and Space Port is to set the stage for eventual tourist flights into space. This program aims at providing practical sub-orbit space travel for commercial purposes.

The SpaceShipTwo is a reusable spacecraft prototype, which is powered by a hybrid rocket system. Features of the ship are that it uses a rubber compound as well as nitrous oxide to boost the craft at supersonic speeds and contains seat for six passengers along with one pilot seat.

It has been reported that the SpaceShipTwo took off its flight with its mothership, the WhiteKnightTwo at Mojave Air and Space Port near Los Angeles. The SpaceShipTwo was detached from its support to begin the test flight at the height of about 46,000 feet above surface of earth.

Scientists predict the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo will soon offer first commercial space flights this year, after completion of all test flights.