VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACE JET
Virgin Galactic unveils designs for the suborbital spaceplane ‘VSS Unity’
BY AGENXY | AIRLINE
n August of this year, space tourism firm Virgin Galactic revealed the interior of its centerpiece space plane, showing off a cabin with new custom seats and a “space mirror” in a virtual tour of what its passengers can expect to experience on flights
to the edge of space. For $250,000 a ticket, passengers who have signed up for the suborbital flight aboard the air-launched plane VSS Unity will strap into six tailored, teal-colored seats and peer out of the cabin’s 12 circular windows as they ascend some 60 miles (97 km) above Earth.
Each seat will be tailored to each person, and move during the flight to maximize people’s comfort - with pilot-controlled recline mechanism also positioning astronauts to manage G-forces on boost and re-entry.
Passengers will also then be able to unbuckle themselves at peak altitude to float around the cabin in zero-gravity conditions. The plane, attached to a bigger carrier plane, is intended to take off from the company’s New Mexico spaceport and detach mid-air to launch further toward the edge of space in a trip lasting 90 minutes.
The company has 600 customers signed up to fly and at least 400 more who have expressed interest. No date has been set for its first commercial space flight. British founder Sir Richard Branson is expected to be aboard.
Virgin Galactic has never made a profit and has been plagued by successive delays. Branson said last year he hoped to make the first trip “in months, not years” after securing £60m of deposits.
Virgin Galactic is vying for space tourism supremacy with the SpaceX project launched by the Tesla founder,
Credit -Virgin Galactic
Elon Musk, and the Blue Origin venture headed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person. Will Richard Branson finally be the first 'space billionaire' to actually travel to space? Watch this space.
"Each seat will be tailored to each person, and move during the flight to maximize people’s comfort",
Credit -Jaguar Land Rover
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