Virgin Galactic spacecraft reaches twice the speed of sound in test

5:34 PM ET Thu, 26 July 2018

Virgin Galactic third rocket-powered flight of its Unity spacecraft was meant to push the vehicle faster and higher than ever before. Billionaire Richard Branson's space company is one test flight closer to taking up its first passengers. "The rocket motor is performing terrific; we're actually getting some extra thrust," CEO George Whitesides told CNBC after the test.