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Unity was described in a statement appearing on Virgin Galactic's website as being, "built from scratch for Virgin Galactic by The Spaceship Company's talented team of aerospace engineers and technicians".

The spacecraft was carried to an altitude of 46,500 feet by its mothership before it was released over California's Mojave Desert yesterday (April 5).

The ship fired its rocket for 30 seconds and hit a top speed of Mach 1.87 (around 1,500 miles per hour) as it zoomed higher, reaching a maximum altitude of 84,000 feet.

Branson tweeted that the company was now "back on track" after the successful powered flight.

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The VMS Eve crew consisted of pilots Mike "Sooch" Masucci and Nicola Pecile, who piloted the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft which ferried VSS Unity test article aloft.

There's video from VSS Unity's first rocket-powered flight, as well.

The company has not yet announced a date for the start of passenger flights but is selling tickets for a ride aboard SpaceShipTwo at $250,000 United States a seat. Virgin Galactic noted that Unity has safety mechanisms resulting from the accident. Virgin Galactic's previously said it expects to fly paid missions in 2018, but it's unclear if that remains a feasible deadline.

The hybrid rocket motor, which was designed, built and tested by The Spaceship Company, powered Unity through the transonic range and into supersonic flight before preparing for its return, Virgin said.

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Other than the technical specifics of the flight, Virgin Galactic didn't say much yesterday.

"It also marks a key moment for the test flight programme, entering now the exciting phase of powered flight and the expansion to full duration rocket burns". Blue Origin's New Shepard design is different the the Virgin Galactic's vehicle, using a reusable capsule that takes off like a conventional rocket, then comes back to the ground via parachute.

Two more SpaceShipTwo vehicles are under construction in Mojave.

The flight was the 12th overall for Unity, which Virgin Galactic officially unveiled in February 2016. The flights come with a hefty starting price tag of $250,000, spokeswoman Christine Choi told Albuquerque Business First in late 2017. The test flight in Nevada brings us one step closer to commercial space tourism.

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