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First test flight for space tourism shuttle

The VSS Enterprise, a spaceship for tourism, made a successful first test flight from California’s Mojave Air and Space Port in the United States.

The eighteen meters long SpaceShip for six passengers and two pilots will bring space tourist into outer space in 2012. The passengers than will be weightlessness for a few minutes.

The VSS Enterprise flew coupled with a larger aircraft to more than thirteen kilometers above the earth and will fly alone with the next test flight.

The VSS Enterprise test flight programme will continue though 2010 and 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent glide and then powered flight, prior to the start of commercial operations.

Over three hundred space tourists have reserved a seat from Virgin Galactic of British billionaire Richard Branson. The trip into space, which will take about 2.5 hours and cost $ 200,000.