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Virgin Galactic conducts 1st powered flight of new spaceship

AP  |  Mojave 

has conducted the first powered test flight of its new rocket.

tweets that the spaceship named Unity was carried aloft by its mother ship and released over California's early today.

The company says the spacecraft achieved supersonic speed before the pilots shut down the engine and it glided back to Mojave Air &

This was Virgin Galactic's first powered flight since the 2014 crash of its original spaceship that killed one of its two pilots.

Unity was previously flown on test flights in which it remained attached to the mother ship and others in which it was released to glide without lighting the rocket. founder tweets that "Space feels tantalisingly close now.

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First Published: Fri, April 06 2018. 01:05 IST