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VSS Unity VP-03

SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Mark Stucky

Mark Stucky

Status: Retired
11/9/1958 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 10/28/2010
Last Flight: 6/25/2020

Mark P. "Forger" Stucky was an American test pilot and commercial astronaut for Virgin Galactic. He left the company in July 2021.

Frederick W. Sturckow

Frederick W. Sturckow

Status: Active
8/11/1961 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 12/4/1998
Last Flight: 5/22/2021

Frederick Wilford "Rick" Sturckow is an Engineer, retired United States Marine Corps officer, former NASA astronaut, and commercial spacecraft pilot. Sturckow is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions. He flew on STS-88 and STS-105 as a pilot and STS-117 and STS-128 as a commander. All four missions docked with the International Space Station, making Sturckow one of two people to visit the station four times. Sturckow later was assigned to the Johnson Space Center as a CAPCOM. He left NASA in 2013 to become a pilot for Virgin Galactic.

Mission

VSS Unity VP-03

Type: Test Flight

Powered test flight of VSS Unity. Reached outer space for the first time according to the US definition of the space border.

Location

Mojave Air and Space Port

Air launch to Suborbital flight

77 rockets have launched from Air launch to Suborbital flight.

Mojave Air and Space Port, Air launch to Suborbital flight

Agency

Virgin Galactic

Type: Private
Abbreviation: VG
Administration: Founder: Richard Branson
Founded: 2004
Launchers: VMS Eve
Spacecraft: VSS Enterprise, VSS Unity
Country: USA

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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