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New SpaceShipTwo to be unveiled next month

January 5, 2016 | Comment icon 10 comments



Virgin Galactic's original SpaceShipTwo during a test flight. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Jeff Foust
Virgin Galactic will be debuting the second of its suborbital space tourism vehicles in February.
Richard Branson's fledgling space tourism company is set to make its return next month following the revelation that its latest SpaceShipTwo, which will one day carry passengers in to space, is scheduled to make its debut on February 19 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

The previous SpaceShipTwo was lost and one of its pilots killed in an accident back in October 2014 when the vehicle's unique 'feathering' system deployed prematurely during a test flight.

It isn't clear just yet what changes have been made to the latest iteration of the spacecraft however it is likely that a solution to the issue with the tail section will have been a top priority.
Several high profile names including Professor Stephen Hawking, who is scheduled to be a passenger on the company's first commercial trip in to space, have been invited to attend.

Due to ill-health however there is doubt over whether he will be able to make it.

"We all wish Stephen the very best as he continues his recovery from recent health issues," Virgin Galactic said in a statement. "We are very honoured that Stephen has agreed to help us unveil our new spaceship in February if he is feeling well enough."

Source: NBC News | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ROGER 7 years ago
I understand the hard work and constant " learn as you go" that has gone into this project . Still paid and paying customers are going to become disinterested if the service doesn't start up soon .
Comment icon #2 Posted by smokeycat 7 years ago
I understand the hard work and constant " learn as you go" that has gone into this project . Still paid and paying customers are going to become disinterested if the service doesn't start up soon . Yeah, going into space is so last year.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Goodnite 7 years ago
What's a ticket cost ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
What's a ticket cost ? $250,000
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
Definitely on my "bucket list"
Comment icon #6 Posted by skookum 7 years ago
I understand the hard work and constant " learn as you go" that has gone into this project . Still paid and paying customers are going to become disinterested if the service doesn't start up soon . At the moment they only have the one ship, it has a maximum of 6 passengers, yet they have hundreds of deposits. I certainly wouldn't want to be their health and safety officer or insurance broker with the amount of successful flights they will need to achieve without major incident.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
At the moment they only have the one ship, The key part here is "at the moment". They are planning a fleet of these vehicles. In fact this second SpaceShipTwo was already under construction before the crash of the VSS Enterprise.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
Will Virgin Galactic Name its Next SpaceShipTwo “Unity”? Virgin Galactic filed applications in November to trademark the names “Unity” and “VSS Unity”, giving a strong hint about the name of the second SpaceShipTwo the company plans to unveil on Feb. 19.Read more...
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 7 years ago
To quote Steve Jobs, innovation distinguishes between leader and follower. And, I might add, to the innovators there comes the burden of learning from one's mistakes. Remember the lessons learned from the de Havilland Comet, the first commercial production jet liner.
Comment icon #10 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 7 years ago
Sometimes i wonder wat happens if ever the replicator is out.. Will it cause everything, including a space flight/holiday to become cheap?


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