A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached the edge of space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday.
This second test flight comes two months after the first was undertaken, meaning that Virgin Galactic is already a more regular and reliable service than most of the Virgin rail network in the UK.
Climbing higher and faster than before, the winged spaceship soared at three times the speed of sound, carrying a crew member to evaluate the long-awaited passenger experience.
It was the crew member’s job to assess whether the online seat reservation system had worked and offer feedback on the quality of the in-flight snacks and entertainment.
They reported that they been assigned a seat as requested, but that there were no refreshments available due to the danger posed by a massive vending machine floating around in zero gravity. They were also surprised to discover Jeremy Corbyn crouched on the floor between the seats complaining that the lack of available seating was due to privatisation.
The flight was delayed for two days.
Presumably as there were some leaves on the runway, or ‘the wrong type of snow’ within a fifty mile radius.
The flight flew up to an altitude of 55 miles, giving those on board the privileged opportunity to see the curvature of Earth.
The crew were said to be amazed by the view, reporting that they could see both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and a giant, indistinct mass covered in wavy 80’s hair that they could only assume was Richard Branson’s ego.
A paying flight on Virgin Galactic is expected to cost civilians around £150,000.
Or the price of two regular commuter season tickets from Cambridge to London.