Virgin Galactic shares soar after Richard Branson's spaceflight
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Virgin Galactic prepares to launch crew into space
Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic team prepare for the crew’s first spaceflight
Just like its founder Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic shares are set to soar as high as 9% in premarket trading Monday.
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The meteoric rise comes after the aerospace company's successful Unity 22 mission on Sunday, in which Branson and five other crewmates flew to suborbital space and back.
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Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity spaceplane lifted off around 10:30 a.m. Sunday after being delayed by overnight weather, flying to a peak altitude of 86 kilometers above Earth, or 282,000 feet, before gliding back down for a smooth landing at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
With the help of VMS Eve, a WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane named after Branson's mother, Unity climbed to an altitude of 50,000 feet before igniting its engine and blasting off to achieve a speed of Mach 3.