This website uses cookies for analytics and to give you the best user experience when you visit our site. Image from Virgin Galactic This glide flight marks the inaugural solo flight of VSS Unity in New Mexico and is an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service. Just how high can you get for $200,000? An Australian astronaut has been critical of Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism bid. How High Will Virgin Galactic Fly? The trip won’t be long, but Virgin Galactic guarantees several minutes of weightlessness before the plane heads down for a landing. The U.S. military and NASA consider pilots who have flown above 80 kilometers to be astronauts. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will carry six passengers up past 328,000 feet altitude (100 kilometers), the point where astronaut wings are awarded. A view from Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo during a test flight last week over California last week. Virgin Galactic has successfully completed its first SpaceShipTwo test flight from Spaceport America. You can learn more about our use of cookies and your choices HERE.By clicking OK, LET'S GO! or closing this message you agree to our use of cookies.

Virgin Galactic said the test flight reached an altitude of 51.4 miles, or nearly 83 kilometers.