Passengers aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo – the first commercial human spaceflight vehicle – will experience the unique thrills of spaceflight, enjoying the opportunity to leave their seats to float in zero gravity for several minutes
From an altitude officially known as ‘space’, Virgin Galactic astronauts will experience astounding views of Earth. Three days of preparation at New Mexico’s Spaceport America prior to the flight will ensure a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable journey. The whole experience will be captured on film for each astronaut as a unique personal record of history in the making.
Early in 2016 SpaceShipTwo, a reusable spaceplane designed to carry two pilots and up to six passengers, was unveiled. WhiteKnightTwo is the carrier aircraft specifically designed for mid-air launch of SS2. It is the largest 100-percent carbon composite carrier craft ever built and made its first flight in December 2008.
Latest news is that the SpaceShipTwo has made its first successful glide flight test (Dec 2016) but still needs the whole series of rocket-powered flights, then off-nominal testing (when things go wrong), astronaut experience testing (life aboard) and final preparations when the operation moves to Spaceport America. It’s a long road.
Spaceport America sits in the New Mexico counties of Sierra and Doña Ana. The world’s first purpose-built spaceport complete with a 12,000-foot runway, the $212 million complex designed by Foster & Partners will serve as Virgin Galactic’s base of operations for human spaceflight.
To re-cap: Although the first launch date is not even in sight yet, this is a James Bond style experience in astronaut jumpsuits and shiny space age vehicles launching from a super-modern spaceport in the middle of the desert.
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