Virgin Galactic: Scots-born pilot rockets into space

Virgin Galactic has pushed its Unity rocket plane faster and higher than it has ever been.

Dave Mackay, from Helmsdale, Sutherland, becomes the first Scottish-born pilot to travel to space, by Virgin’s preferred definition of that term.

“It was thrilling yet smooth and nicely controlled throughout, with a view at the top, of the Earth from space, which exceeded all our expectations,” he said after landing back at Mojave airport in California.