SPACEPORT AMERICA ― Virgin Galactic launched its Unity 25 flight Thursday morning with six people on board, including Jamila Gilbert from Las Cruces.
The VMS (Virgin Mothership) Eve and VSS (Virgin Spaceship) Unity took flight at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday from Spaceport America in Sierra County near Truth or Consequences. VSS Unity was released from the mothership at 10:24 a.m. at an altitude of 44,500 feet and reached suborbital space a couple minutes later.
VSS Unity and its six passengers landed back at Spaceport America at 10:37 a.m.
The Unity 25 flight was the first fully crewed rocket-powered suborbital spaceflight the company has launched since Virgin Group founder Richard Branson joined Unity 22 on July 11, 2021.