Branson, wearing a leather bomber jacket with a fur collar, attended the take-off along with hundreds of spectators on a crisp morning in the California desert. It reached this altitude-much greater than its previous record of 52 kilometers (32 miles)-by burning the rocket motor for 60 seconds, longer than it ever has in flight before. After a 60-second engine burn speeds the craft to almost three times the speed of sound, it continues its ascent, coasting until it reaches maximum altitude.
Branson has said he wants to be one of the first on board.
Kansas native Mark Stucky helped fly Virgin Galactic's supersonic plane into space on Thursday.
Virgin Galactic says its tourism spaceship has climbed more than 80 kilometres high, which the company considers the boundary of space.
The billionaire said he aimed for a commercial space flight with passengers, including himself, as early as March next year.
Carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo released SpaceShipTwo shortly after reaching an altitude of 43,000 feet. Using a system similar to NASA's Pegasus rocket, a small rocket complete with payload will launch from a modified Boeing 747-400 airliner, the combo being called LauncherOne and Cosmic Girl, respectively.
North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death
Despite the request - which have at times been more along the lines of threats - the US has maintained the crippling sanctions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, which were canceled abruptly in November.
Richard Branson, seen an in October 2018 photo, originally envisioned a fleet carrying paying passengers to space by 2007. Tickets will be offered ahead of the first commercial launch, and test flights with Blue Origin employees are expected to begin in 2019.
That day can not come soon enough for Mercury 13 candidate Wally Funk, who booked her flight on Branson's dream machine back in 2012 and at 79 might finally get a chance to go to space. Once released from its mothership, SpaceShipTwo activated its rocket motor and soared to an altitude of about 50 miles above the Earth's surface.
At 51.4 miles high, VSS Unity reached the technical definition of space, earning its pilots commercial astronaut wings by the US Federal Aviation Administration, although the usual worldwide standard is the 62-mile "Karman line".
Other firms planning a variety of passenger spacecraft include Boeing Co, Elon Musk's SpaceX and late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Stratolaunch.
The 68-year-old had been emotional throughout the flight, shedding many tears and hugging his son Sam as it eventually made its way to space altitudes. On top of its history-making flight it also carried four NASA-funded technology experiments on board.
Google will open a new $1 billion dollar campus in NYC
The announcement follows the company's March purchase of Manhattan's Chelsea Market - north of the new site - for $2.4 billion. Google plans to double the number of its employees in NY to around 14,000 over the next 10 years, Porat wrote on Monday.
Ex-CEO Les Moonves Will Not Receive $120M Severance Payment
CBS announced on Monday it will not pay out a controversial $120 million severance package to former CEO Leslie Moonves . The article also said there was a culture of harassment at CBS . "I hope other corporations are learning that lesson".
Australia battle in Perth to build lead of 175 over India
Mike Hussey and Tom Moody have led a chorus of criticism against Virat Kohli over his antics on day three of the second Test. Lyon said after play on Sunday that Finch had not suffered any serious damage but was unsure whether he would return to bat.