Virgin Galactic is ready to launch its first passengers in space tomorrow morning, and you can see it all right here. The launch is scheduled for 6 AM Pacific, with streaming festivities (including commentary by Stephen Colbert) starting on the hour.
This launch is the 22nd for VSS Unity, Virgin Galactic’s first spacecraft to leave the atmosphere. As before, Unity will leave the spaceport attached to the belly of VMS Eve, which picks it up from the thickest part of the atmosphere.
Unit falls off and ignites its rocket engine and reaches speeds approaching Mach 3 until it reaches 80 kilometers mark, the lowest altitude considered to be in space. When the engines are turned off, pilots and passengers will enjoy a short period of weightlessness and of course a great view.
It will all be livestreamed from the ground and, if the connection allows, from the craft itself. When they return for sure, there will be a triumphant press conference and remarkable live music from Khalid.