Virgin Galactic's first independent flight with its VSS Unity spacecraft was successful. The craft went on a gliding flight over California's Mojave Air & Space Port after being released from the VMS Eve. It successfully returned to Earth from an initial 15 km altitude while travelling at 740 km/h.
VSS Unity has landed. Vehicle and crew are back safe and sound after a successful first glide test flight. #SpaceShipTwo— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) December 3, 2016
The last time a Virgin Galactic craft flew solo was in October 2014. During that test, the VSS Enterprise crashed and the pilot was killed.
More testing needs to be completed before the craft will be powered by a rocket.
We have not yet reached the rocket powered phase of the test flight program—first we need to gather test flight data to confirm our analyses and calculations about how VSS Unity will perform in a wide variety of real-world flight conditions. - Virgin Galactic