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Virgin Galactic unveils new Spaceship III

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Virgin Galactic has unveiled its latest spaceplane model, the SpaceShip III, the first of which will be named VSS Imagine.

Ground testing is starting immediately and glide flights are planned for this summer to launch from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Unveiling the design, Virgin Galactic celebrated the plane being "finished entirely with a mirror-like material [that] reflects the surrounding environment, constantly changing colour and appearance as it travels from earth to sky to space".

https://news.sky.com/story/sir-richard-bransons-virgin-galactic-unveils-new-spaceship-iii-12260947

Video:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/virgin-galactic-unveils-new-spaceship-iii-moves-closer-to-space-tourism-launch/

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Hammerclaw

The company is well named, since they've yet to achieve orbit. Looks like their schtick is suborbital tourism and that's it.

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Waspie_Dwarf
6 hours ago, Hammerclaw said:

The company is well named, since they've yet to achieve orbit. Looks like their schtick is suborbital tourism and that's it.

Virgin Galactic aren't attempting to reach orbit, it is a suborbital vehicle. There aim is to exceed 50 miles in altitude (the US definition of space) which VSS Unity achieved in December 2018 and February 2019.

Virgin split its orbital activities off into a separate company, Virgin Orbit They succeded in placing a satellite in orbit in January this year.

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Hammerclaw
Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

Virgin Galactic aren't attempting to reach orbit, it is a suborbital vehicle. There aim is to exceed 50 miles in altitude (the US definition of space) which VSS Unity achieved in December 2018 and February 2019.

Virgin split its orbital activities off into a separate company, Virgin Orbit They succeeded in placing a satellite in orbit in January this year.

Isn't that what I said?  Virgin Orbit is another company. Call me when V.G. reaches 100 kilometers.

Edited by Hammerclaw

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Jon the frog

Sleek looking craft !

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M 7
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On 3/30/2021 at 10:49 PM, Waspie_Dwarf said:

Virgin Galactic aren't attempting to reach orbit, it is a suborbital vehicle. There aim is to exceed 50 miles in altitude (the US definition of space) which VSS Unity achieved in December 2018 and February 2019.

Virgin split its orbital activities off into a separate company, Virgin Orbit They succeded in placing a satellite in orbit in January this year.

Possibly I’m misremembering this or recalling a report that was speculative but what you’re saying does fit in with it. My understanding is that the vehicle is primarily being developed as a means of revolutionising long haul flights, the space tourism aspect would essentially be a short term means of quickly recouping some of the huge development costs, generating a return on their investment  whilst they endeavour to make it commercially viable for the masses.

Obviously their would be a huge demand on flights to the edge of space by those that could afford it but the novelty would wear off as this became more common place or more exotic space tourism became available but the benefits of being able to travel  from London to Sydney in an hour or two would keep the technology relevant for a longtime.

Edited by M 7

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