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Glenys Ambe, who has bought a ticket on Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic spaceship, resembled a giddy schoolgirl today as she sat and watched a simulated flight of the aircraft. The 56-year-old fashion shop owner from Brisbane was a star guest at a technology launch by Virgin Galactic in Sydney, which included a digital simulation of the two-hour flight that will cost her $277,400. .................
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TEST FLYING PROGRAMME FOR VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM NOW FULLY UNDERWAY – MOTHERSHIP EVE ACHIEVES FASTEST AND LONGEST YET FLIGHT IN THE TROPOSPHERE WhiteKnightTwo launch vehicle for SpaceShipTwo heralds a new era in aerospace fuel efficiency, performance and versatility Mojave Air and Spaceport, California 27th March 2009
Testing of the six-passenger craft, SpaceShipTwo, and its mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo, is expected to take until mid 2011. Commercial flights will follow later that year under a lottery system for the first 500 passengers, who include Sir Richard, his family and other VIPs.