This footage from Virgin Galactic’s second successful test flight shows the space flight venture breaking the sound barrier, reaching nearly 70,000 feet in the air. The engines burned for 20 seconds once it was released from the carrier craft. In order to reach space, they will have to burn for 70 seconds. Testing is on target and well on its way to the scheduled 2014 commercial 6-passenger flights. Test pilots Mark Stucky and Clint Nichols took the futuristic spaceship higher and faster than previous test flights.  It is estimated that the testing will be perfected by the end of the year.  In addition to testing height and speed, less intimidating details like customer simulations must also be tested. The day that average Joes (very rich ‘average’ Joes) will be able to take a commercial trip to space is very close. At this rate, you’ll be able to travel to space at the cost of a commercial plane ticket within your life. In fact, over 600 people already have tickets to experience the weightlessness of a sub-orbital joyride for a mere $250,000.

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