Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic sends first test passenger on spaceflight


Richard Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic told CNBC on Friday that astronaut trainer Beth Moses is on the company’s spacecraft Unity, along with the two pilots.

“Beth Moses is on board as a crew member,” a Virgin Galactic spokeswoman told CNBC. “She will be doing validation of some of the cabin design elements.”

This is the first time Virgin Galactic will carry three human beings on its ride to the edge of space. In previous test flights, the two pilots were the only inside of the spacecraft.

The company is attempting its second spaceflight in two months.

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