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VSS Unity 22

SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic

Launch Status
Success

Crew


Michael Masucci

Michael Masucci

  • Role: Pilot
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 12/11/2013
  • Last Flight: 11/02/2023

Mike “Sooch” Masucci was a former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and U2 test pilot.

David Mackay

David Mackay

  • Birthday: 01/01/1957
  • Role: Pilot
  • Nationality: British
  • First Flight: 06/29/2012
  • Last Flight: 07/11/2021

Astronaut David William Donald Mackay AFC is the British Chief Pilot of Virgin Galactic, and a former RAF test pilot. He is the first native-born Scot to visit space.

Sirisha Bandla

Sirisha Bandla

  • Birthday: 01/22/1988
  • Role: Passenger
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 07/11/2021
  • Last Flight: 07/11/2021

Sirisha Bandla is an American engineer who worked at Virgin Galactic between from 2015 until 2020 when she joined Virgin Orbit. She is back at Virgin Galactic since 2021 as Vice President of Government Affairs.

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson

  • Birthday: 07/18/1950
  • Role: Passenger
  • Nationality: British
  • First Flight: 07/11/2021
  • Last Flight: 07/11/2021

Sir Richard Branson is an English business magnate and founder of the Virgin Group. He later founded both Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit.

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett

  • Role: Passenger
  • Nationality: Scottish-American
  • First Flight: 07/11/2021
  • Last Flight: 11/02/2023

Colin Bennett is an American engineer who worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways before joining Virgin Galactic in 2015 where he now acts as Lead Astronaut Instructor.

Beth Moses

Beth Moses

  • Birthday: 05/30/1980
  • Role: Passenger
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 02/22/2019
  • Last Flight: 10/06/2023

Beth Moses is Chief Astronaut Instructor and Interiors Program Manager for Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo program, and is a commercial astronaut. She was the first woman to make a spaceflight on a commercially launched vehicle, the VSS Unity VF-01 flight of 22 February 2019.

Mission


VSS Unity 22

  • Type: Tourism
  • Orbit: Suborbital

Powered flight of VSS Unity on the first fully crewed flight. Including the founder Sir Richard Branson.

Location


Spaceport America

Air launch to Suborbital flight

Spaceport America has witnessed the launch of 13 rockets, including 0 orbital launch attempts, while Air launch to Suborbital flight, has been the site for 85 rocket launches.

Spaceport America

Rocket


Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

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.

SpaceShipTwo

Agency


Virgin Galactic

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.

Virgin Galactic
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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
2 years ago

Best wishes Richard and the crew for a successful safe flight and more to come in the future.

Stacia
Stacia
2 years ago

I just heard some deep rumblings near Cape Canaveral area in Florida – at about 11:41. Could that be related in any way to the sonic events of the Virgin Galactic flight??? Sounded like sonic booms but a bit quieter…

Stacia
Stacia
Reply to  Stacia
2 years ago

Oops- prob thunder :/

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
2 years ago

Way to go Senor Branson!Catch you on Flip side,Virgin Galactic.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
2 years ago

Perfect Sir Richard the universe has opened to us all now .