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Early on Wednesday 4th May 2011, in the skies above Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial spaceship, demonstrated its unique reentry ‘feather’ configuration for the first time. This test flight, the third in less than two weeks, marks another major milestone on the path to powered test flights and commercial operations.
Sir Richard Branson unveils Virgin Galactic rocket plane the SpaceShip Two to the world in Mojave, California, at the VIP unveiling included California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson who both christened the spaceliner Virgin SpaceShip (VSS) Enterprise. After five years in top secret construction, this will be his first commercial spacecraft, with a long list of people already paid up to go on it when testing is completed in the next 18 months.
The craft created by Burt Rutan a famed aviation designer is built form lightweight carbon composite materials and is powered by a hybrid rocket motor. The SpaceShip Two will be carried up to 50,000 by the White Knight and then will travel 65 miles by its own rockets above the Earth’s surface. The flight will last approximately two hours and passengers will also experience six minutes of weightlessness during this time. The SpaceShip Two is able to hold six passengers and two crew, already 300 people have reportedly signed up at a cost of about £121,000.
Originally posted by ancientmustytext
This is so awesome!
Just think all those millionaire celebs cruising in space, we're sure to get some good accounts on what's really going on out there!
Seriously though, the more people in space the better IMO. Especially if they're not government employees.
Originally posted by Bramble Iceshimmer
Finally, when has it been a good idea to beta test anything?