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Virgin Galactic unveils SpaceShipTwo, first manned commercial spaceship


Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire behind Virgin, together with Burt Rutan, SpaceshipOne (SS1) designer, revealed the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) to the public today for the first time.

The SS2 is designed to hold six passengers and two pilots. This massive craft will reportedly be ready to ship wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 on a sub-orbital flight.

Commenting on the unveiling, Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic said: “This is truly a momentous day. The team has created not only a world first but also a work of art. The unveil of SS2 takes the Virgin Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible evidence that this ambitious project is not only moving rapidly, but also making tremendous progress towards our goal of safe commercial operation”.

Burt Rutan, Founder of Scaled Composites added: “All of us at Scaled are tremendously excited by the capabilities of both the mothership and SS2. Today is the culmination of a dream that began many decades ago, was stimulated by Paul Allen’s funding of our X-Prize winning SS1 and then moved forward to commercial reality by Sir Richard and Virgin’s visionary investment in a new future for space transportation”.

It’s a delight to experience outer space but this is just for rich people guys. I wonder how much a single ticket would cost?

[Virgin Galactic via Engadget]