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Galactic 04
VSS Unity attached to VMS Eve prior to release during the Galactic-04 mission
Mission typeCrewed sub-orbital spaceflight
OperatorVirgin Galactic
Apogee87.4 km (54.3 mi)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftVSS Unity
Spacecraft typeSpaceShipTwo
ManufacturerThe Spaceship Company
Crew size6
MembersKelly Latimer
CJ Sturckow
Beth Moses
Ron Rosano
Trevor Beattie
Namira Salim
Start of mission
Launch date6 October 2023, 15:28 UTC
Launch siteSpaceport America Runway 34
Deployed fromVMS Eve
End of mission
Landing date6 October 2023, 16:23 UTC
Landing siteSpaceport America Runway 34

Galactic 04 mission patch  

Galactic 04 was a crewed sub-orbital spaceflight of the SpaceShipTwo-class VSS Unity, which launched on 6 October 2023.[1][2] It was the fourth commercial spaceflight and ninth overall spaceflight for American aerospace company Virgin Galactic, founded by a British business magnate, commercial astronaut Richard Branson.[3][4]


Galactic 04's crew included three private passengers and three Virgin Galactic employees. Namira Salim was the first person from Pakistan to go into space.

Position Crew
Commander United States Kelly Latimer
Second spaceflight
Pilot United States CJ Sturckow
Ninth spaceflight
Astronaut instructor United States Beth Moses
Sixth and last spaceflight
Tourist United States Ron Rosano
First spaceflight
Tourist United Kingdom Trevor Beattie
First spaceflight
Tourist Pakistan Namira Salim
First spaceflight


  1. ^ Davenport, Justin (4 October 2023). "Launch Roundup: Project Kuiper Protoflight and Galactic 04 highlight this week". Retrieved 17 December 2023.
  2. ^ Foust, Jeff (8 September 2023). "Virgin Galactic completes third commercial SpaceShipTwo flight". SpaceNews. Retrieved 17 December 2023.
  3. ^ Virgin Galactic (6 October 2023). "VIRGIN GALACTIC COMPLETES FIFTH SUCCESSFUL SPACEFLIGHT IN FIVE MONTHS". Virgin Galactic. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  4. ^ Strickland, Jackie Wattles, Ashley (10 August 2023). "Virgin Galactic launches first tourism mission after decades of promises". CNN. Retrieved 17 December 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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