Richard Branson preparing for the flight into space.
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The British businessman and philanthropist Richard Branson began his trip to space on Sunday aboard the VSS Unity plane, which took off successfully from the Spaceport America base in the desert of New Mexico (USA).
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After a delay of an hour and a half due to weather conditions, the Virgin Galactic company space plane took off at around 8:40 a.m., mounted on the VMS Eve propellant ship and with the six members of its crew on board, including Branson, the founder of the firm.
Over a flight of about 90 minutes, the VSS Unity spacecraft plans to reach a height of more than 50 miles (80 km) above the surface of the Earth, where it will reach weightlessness and stay for about 4 minutes before starting the flight. decline.