Virgin Galactic space plane takes tourists on flights

(Reuters) – Virgin Galactic carried four tourists to the edge of space and returned them aboard its spaceplane, marking the second flight this year, the company founded by Richard Branson said on Saturday.

The Galactic 07 mission carried Turkish, American and Italian passengers to an altitude of approximately 55 miles (88.51 km) in a flight lasting just over an hour.

The space tourism company said the mission took off and returned Saturday to Spaceport America in New Mexico.

This is the final commercial flight of Virgin’s VSS Unity spaceplane, as the company currently produces its fourth-generation spacecraft expected to enter commercial service in 2026, the company said in a statement.

(Reporting by Mrinmay Dey in Bangalore; editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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