Virgin Galactic successfully launched its first paying customers to space, marking a significant milestone in the private spaceflight industry. The Italian Air Force officers aboard the VSS Unity spacecraft experienced weightlessness at an altitude of 52.9 miles. The mission, named Galactic 01, began with the release of the rocket-powered plane from a carrier aircraft. After facing setbacks and upgrades, Virgin Galactic resumed spaceflights and plans to conduct monthly trips in the future. The company competes with Blue Origin, which is currently grounded following an accident, and SpaceX, which offers higher orbit and International Space Station missions at higher costs.
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