Virgin Atlantic, the space tourism venture run by Sir Richard Branson, has completed first manned flight detached from its mothership releasing a video of the flight on Youtube.
SpaceShipTwo, or VSS Enterprise as it is also known, glided to Earth from 45,000 feet, landing successfully at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
The craft is now on schedule to take its first paying passengers into space next year.
Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn said: “The free-flight test is the major milestone before we start firing the rockets into space.”
Sir Richard said: “The sky is no longer the limit. We will now begin the process of pushing beyond to the final frontier of space itself over the next year.”
Customers will pay £121,000 for the space flight. In the UK Elegant Resorts has been appointed as the accredited agent.