Virgin Galactic Completes First Manned Test Flight (Video) CheapOair Staff October 11, 2010 Videos Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo successfully completed its first ever glide flight Sunday. After being released from its mothership at 45,000 feet in the air, Enterprise landed on a runway at California's Mojave Air and Space Port. The goals of the flight that were achieved included a clean release from the mothership and a smooth free flight back to landing. This allowed Virgin to look at the plane's performance characteristics. So far Virgin Galactic has 370 curious travelers' deposits, which totals about $50 million in ticket sales, for commercial flights into space. Flights will depart from New Mexico's Spaceport America, which will have a runway inauguration on October 22. Scaled Composites pilot Pete Siebold said in a news release: "The VSS Enterprise was a real joy to fly, especially when one considers the fact that the vehicle has been designed not only to be a Mach 3.5 spaceship capable of going into space but also one of the worlds highest altitude gliders."