There wasn't a whole lot of news coverage yesterday, but make no mistake, a pretty significant milestone was reached in the Mojave Desert of California yesterday morning.

The craft has performed a number of unpowered test flights already, but yesterday was the first time that it was released from the "WhiteKnightTwo" mothership and blasted away in front of a jet of fire.

Branson and the Virgin Galactic team see this as a major stepping stone to bringing space tourism to the masses.

Check out the very cool video from yesterday: