As SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity coasted to a new record apogee of more than 84,200 ft. over California on its first powered flight on April 5, the moment signified new heights not only for Virgin Galactic but also for the vehicle’s builder, The Spaceship Co. (TSC). Far beneath the arrow-straight exhaust plume that marked the first successful airborne ignition of a TSC-built hybrid rocket in a TSC-made suborbital spacecraft, employees of both Virgin companies stood on the flight line at the ...

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