As the crew reached their destination at the edge of space - 54 miles (89km) above Earth, the lack of gravity meant the crew could weightlessly float around, and Branson delivered a message to those back home.
"To all you kids down there..." - @RichardBranson's message from zero gravity. #Unity22
Watch the livestream:… https://t.co/B39txKaR1G
Apparently, viewers who watched the live stream wanted to get in on the action themselves, as interest in purchasing a ticket on the spaceflight surged, which is why ticket sales reopened, according to chief executive Michael Colglazie.
He said: “We successfully completed two spaceflights from New Mexico – the latest carrying a full crew of mission specialists in the cabin and garnering an extraordinary global media and consumer response.
“As we endeavour to bring the wonder of space to a broad global population, we are delighted to open the door to an entirely new industry and consumer experience.”
Despite the luxury price tag for tickets, Virgin Galactic reported on Thursday that it lost $94m in the second quarter due to rising costs for overhead and sales, posting its revenue at $571,000.
Ironically, the figure is only enough to secure just one seat on their commercial spaceflight.
Virgin Galactic announced Q2 2021 earnings today. You can find call details, press release and presentation here: https://t.co/Ko9OM32REM