Updated April 06, Virgin Galactic's new spaceship climbed at supersonic speed over California's Mojave Desert on Thursday in the company's first powered flight since the fatal crash of its original rocketship in The flight of VSS Unity was a major step forward, said the company, which plans to carry tourists on suborbital hops into the lower reaches of space where they can see the Earth far below and the stars beyond.
It first flew to space on December 13, The spacecraft was rolled out on 19 February   and completed ground-based system integration testing in Septemberprior to its first flight on 8 September The ship's name was announced on 19 February
Branson says the two-ship combo will act as a "catalyst to transform human access to space. The new designs are fairly significant revisions of their predecessors; they feel more jet-like and plausible. WhiteKnightTwo—the carrier craft that will haul the six-passenger SSII to a high-altitude launch—is percent carbon composite "Literally percent," Virgin Galactic CEO Will Whitehorn insisted and downright gigantic, with twin boom construction, two cabins and a wingspan the size of a B29 bomber.
Sir Richard Branson unveiled a concept interior today for his Virgin Galactic company's suborbital spacecraft SpaceShipTwo SS2 with a white livery and passenger seats that are reclined and shaped with a body contour. The interior unveiled today pictured below is conceptual because it could change before commercial operations are expected to start in late He added that SS2 could be used for scientific missions. SS2 and its Boeing wingspan carrier aircraft WK2 will be unveiled next year.
Theair-launched SpaceShipTwo is designed to seat eight people - six passengers andtwo pilots - and be hauled into launch position by WhiteKnightTwo, a massivecarrier craft currently under construction by Scaled Composites, Virgin Galacticpresident Will Whitehorn said. A flight animation depicted passengers clad in their ownpersonal spacesuits as they reached a maximum altitude of at least 68 miles kilometers. While thespacesuit designs are not yet final, they will likely be equipped with personaldata and image recorders to add to SpaceShipTwo's in-cabin cameras, Whitehornsaid.
The air-launched SpaceShipTwo is designed to seat eight people — six passengers and two pilots — and be hauled into launch position by WhiteKnightTwo, a massive carrier craft currently under construction by Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn said. A flight animation depicted passengers clad in their own personal spacesuits as they reached a maximum altitude of at least 68 miles kilometers. Passengers will have several minutes of weightlessness during the spaceflight, and then have about 40 seconds to return to their seats, Whitehorn said, adding that the floor of SpaceShipTwo is also designed to be used during landing if space fliers fail to reach their spots in time.
By New Scientist Space and Reuters. Entrepreneur Richard Branson on Wednesday unveiled a model of the spaceship he hopes will be the first to take paying passengers into space on a regular basis. It will have 0.
SpaceShipTwo will be 60 feet The passenger compartment will contain six seats and will be 12 feet 3. Virgin Galactic plans to make the cabin area as comfortable as possible. It will be pressurized, allowing the passengers to breathe normally without masks or pressure suits known as a "short-sleeve environment".
Virgin Galactic is a British spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists and suborbital launches for space science missions. Virgin Galactic plans to provide orbital human spaceflights as well.