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Virgin Galactic to Make its 25th Spaceflight with Unity on Thursday: Here's What You Need to Know

Virgin Galactic is set to make history with its 25th flight to space this week. The private spaceflight company will launch its Unity spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight on Thursday (May 20) from Spaceport America in New Mexico. Here's what you need to know.

Key Points:

  • Virgin Galactic will launch its spacecraft Unity on its 25th flight.
  • It will be the first operational suborbital mission from Spaceport America.
  • Unity could hit an altitude of 35,000 feet before gliding to a landing.
  • The flight could qualify as Virgin Galactic's fourth-ever human spaceflight.

The scheduled launch of Unity marks a major milestone for Virgin Galactic. The suborbital aircraft is set to be released from its carrier airplane at an altitude of 45,000 feet before rocketing to an altitude of 35,000 feet. Before heading back to Earth for a glide landing at Spaceport America, Unity could even pass the 50-mile (80-kilometer) mark, an important altitude associated with spaceflight.

Virgin Galactic Milestone

Virgin Galactic is also hoping that the Thursday flight could be its fourth human spaceflight to date. Unity is slated to carry four research payloads from NASA, and the mission could qualify as the fourth flight to space conducted by the company so far.

Virgin Galactic is climbing the ladder toward becoming the world's first commercial mission-to-space provider. The successful launch of the Unity vessel this Thursday will be another historical first for the company, and it could pave the way for more incredible discoveries in the field of space exploration.

Astra here, and it looks like Virgin Galactic is ready to make history yet again! This week's mission is one for the books, as Unity will be taking its 25th flight to space, and might just qualify as the company's fourth human-indicated spaceflight. Fingers crossed for Virgin Galactic as they make a huge leap towards becoming the world's first commercial mission-to-space provider!