Virgin Galactic's Unity spaceship blasts off on another test flight [Video]

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Virgin Galactic"s Unity spaceship blasts off on another test flight as Sir Richard Branson says he hopes to go into orbit "within months"Branson says he wants to be the first space tourist when Virgin Galactic finally launchesThe 67-year-old multi-millionaire says he"s just months away from...

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Virgin Galactic’s Unity spaceship blasts off on another test flight as Sir Richard Branson says he hopes to go into orbit ‘within months’

  • Branson says he wants to be the first space tourist when Virgin Galactic finally launches
  • The 67-year-old multi-millionaire says he’s just months away from visiting space and is playing tennis to train
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Touchdown! The second rocket-powered flight of the Unity spacecraft launched and landed from the Mojave Air and Space Port in the California desert today

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic took another step towards sending tourists into orbit with its latest test flight. The VSS Unity achieved its second supersonic flight

'It was great to see our beautiful spaceship back in the air and to share the moment with the talented team who are taking us, step by step, to space' Branson said

Virgin Galactic said in a tweet that the flight would carry out 'a partial duration rocket burn that will test a rearward center of gravity closer to the commercial configuration.' Pictured, the crew preparing for the flight

Virgin takes to the skies: The firm launches VSS Unity and other craft from a carrier plane, dubbed VMS Eve. Both are seen here as they took off this morning

Sir Richard Branson (pictured with Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo) says he is just months away from his first trip to space

Unlike other commercial spaceflight companies, such as Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic initiates its flights without using a traditional rocket launch. Instead, the firm launches VSS Unity and other craft from a carrier plane, dubbed VMS Eve (pictured)

Pictured: Branson has wanted to go into space since he first founded Virgin Galactic in 2004