Virgin Galactic selects second pilot

Nov. 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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LAS CRUCES, N.M., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Space tourism company Virgin Galactic says it has selected a U.S. Air Force test pilot to helm its passenger-carrying space planes into suborbital space.

The private New Mexico spaceflight company announced Keith Colmer would pilot its SpaceShip Two on its flights to an altitude of 62 miles, reported Tuesday.

The ships will reach that height, considered the boundary of space, but will not go into orbit before returning to Earth.

Colmer is joining Virgin Galactic chief pilot David Mackay as a member of the flight team, company officials said in a statement.

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