Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has just flown faster and higher than ever before on its journey to take fare-paying customers 70 miles above the earth.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

Soon to become the world's first commercial space plane is speeding past its technical milestones, extending the boundaries of what is capable.

Its second rocket test light on Thursday flew up to 46,000 feet attached to the WhiteKnightTwo mothership, before being released and burning its rocket engine for 20 seconds.

The spaceship reached a maximum height of 65,000 feet and a speed of Mach 1.6 (544.464 m/s - well over 1000mph).

The first passengers should be flying up and floating around in zero-gravity in a year's time - if all goes to plan.

Check out the moment the engines kicked in - video below:

"This is a giant step," Branson wrote on his blog. "Our spaceship is now the highest commercial winged vehicle in history! We also successfully tested its feather system for carefree re-entry too — the first time that’s happened on a rocket-powered flight."

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