The American company Virgin Galactic, the brainchild of British billionaire Richard Branson, conducted a manned test flight of a suborbital ship of the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity type with the power plant turned on: the aircraft was raised to an altitude of 14,170 meters with WhiteKnightTwo VMS Eve, after which the test was launched and the test was finished VSS Unity engine. The VSS Unity engine worked for 30 seconds, accelerating the suborbital vehicle to 2,331 km / h (Mach 1.87) and lifting it to a height of 25,686 meters. The spacecraft was controlled by two pilots who, after 10 minutes of a test flight, landed it at an airfield in the Mojave Desert. Prior to this, VSS Unity had only planned. The current Unity jet thrust flight was the fifth among SpaceShipTwo series vehicles and the first since the tragic crash of Spaceship Enterprise on October 31, 2014 (one pilot died, the second was seriously injured). In recent years, during flight tests, VSS Unity has only planned. According to the company’s commercial plans, the aircraft will become a tool for tourist space flights. At one time manned by two pilots, the spaceplane will fly 6 passengers into the sky, the ticket price will be $ 250,000. For this amount, tourists can admire the planet from 109 km above the surface and spend several minutes in zero gravity like astronauts on the ISS. The duration of a near-Earth walk will not exceed 40 minutes along with the ascent to a given point and return back to Earth. According to the leadership, the flight of April 5, 2018 significantly brought Virgin Galactic closer to the era of private space tourism.