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On June 9, Virgin Galactic successfully carried six people into suborbital space in the final flight of their VSS Unity space plane. The mission, named Galactic 07, launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico at 1:31 a.m. local time. The Unity aircraft, mounted under the Eve transport aircraft, fired its rocket engine to take two pilots and four passengers into space before returning to Earth. This marked the suborbital commercial flight of the Unity aircraft, which will be retired to make way for Virgin Galactic’s new Delta-class spaceplane in 2026.

Turkish astronaut Tuva Atasever was one of the passengers on the Galactic 07 mission, introduced by Axiom Space. Atasever conducted scientific experiments during the flight, including monitoring brain activity and testing insulin administration in microgravity conditions. Research equipment from Purdue University and UC Berkeley was also onboard for experiments related to in-tank propulsion and 3D printing in microgravity conditions.

After landing at Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic revealed the identities of three paying passengers on the flight – Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal Musk, British billionaire Richard Branson and American investor Mark Cuban – marking a significant milestone for commercial space travel. The VSS Unity spaceplane landed at 2:41 a.m., marking Virgin Galactic’s seventh commercial flight and their twelfth human flight overall. The company plans to decommission the Unity to make way for their new Delta group spaceplane, which can carry more passengers and fly at greater speeds than its predecessor.

The new Delta spaceplane is designed to fly more frequently than its predecessor – with plans for 125 flights per year – carrying six passengers instead of four and flying at least twice a week instead of once every two weeks like its predecessor. This marks a significant advancement for Virgin Galactic in their commercial spaceflight operations as they continue to push boundaries and open up new possibilities for exploration beyond our planet’s atmosphere.

Overall, this historic mission represents a major leap forward in private sector space exploration and paves the way for future commercial flights that will bring us closer to understanding our universe better than ever before.

In conclusion, Virgin Galactic has successfully completed its final suborbital mission with six paying passengers on board including Turkish astronaut Tuva Atasever who conducted scientific experiments during the flight using research equipment from Purdue University and UC Berkeley. This marks a significant milestone for commercial space travel as well as an advancement in private sector space exploration that paves way for future missions with more frequent flights scheduled per year using their new Delta group

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