Virgin Galactic successfully completed its second commercial spaceflight, carrying paying tourists on board.
Named Galactic 02, the flight launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico, reaching the U.S.-recognized boundary of space at 80 kilometers.
The spacecraft safely returned, providing passengers with minutes of weightlessness. This was the company’s seventh spaceflight and third this year, with plans for more frequent flights in the future.
Virgin Galactic offers suborbital journeys for brief weightless experiences, distinct from SpaceX’s longer orbital missions.
Despite past industry concerns, customer demand remains strong, as the company has around 800 passengers in its backlog. Initial tickets were sold a decade ago, with current pricing starting at $450,000 per seat.