Space tourism company Virgin Galactic, which is racing to go public, shared a look at a major assembly milestone for its next SpaceShipTwo on Tuesday.
Virgin Galactic is constructing the space plane at its manufacturing facility in Mojave, California. The company has now joined the fuselage and cabin and attached the two tail booms to the rear of the spaceship, making it actually appear like a recognizable spaceplane.
According to their website: “Virgin Galactic operates the reusable SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system. This consists of WhiteKnightTwo, a custom-built, carrier aircraft, and SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first passenger carrying spaceship to be built by a private company and operated in commercial service. The first Virgin Galactic spaceship to enter service is VSS Unity. Built by The Spaceship Company, Unity and her sister spaceships will, for the first time, offer everyone the opportunity to become private astronauts and experience the wonder of space for themselves. Our spaceships will also offer the research community a unique platform for space-based science.”
“By embarking on this new chapter, at this advanced point in Virgin Galactic’s development, we can open space to more investors and in doing so, open space to thousands of new astronauts,” Richard Branson said in a statement. “We are at the dawn of a new space age, with huge potential to improve and sustain life on Earth.”
Chamath Palihapitiya, Social Capital CEO, expressed his excitement on CNBC.