Virgin’s SpaceShip Two Flies Fastest Yet in Trials, BBC Says

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two achieved record speeds and altitude in tests before its first flight with passengers next year, the British Broadcasting Corp. said on its website.

At 160,000 pounds ($250,128) a ticket, the flight offers 1,000-mile views of the earth, the BBC said, citing the latest trial footage. The spaceship will cruise at an altitude of 70 miles, according to the report.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is backed by the Abu Dhabi government’s Aabar Investments wealth fund.