Virgin Galactic looks inside the new space plane for tourists. Science

Virgin Galactic has revealed the interior of its centerpiece space plane, showing the cabin with a new voyage in a new journey and a “space mirror”, which its passengers expect to experience on spaceflight flights Can.

For $ 250,000 a ticket, passengers who have signed up for a sub-flight at the air-launched aircraft VSS Unity will be tied in six tailored seats and will be able to exit the 12 circular windows of the cabin as they reach Earth. 97 km (60 mi) above. . The aircraft has five other windows.

Views from the inner cabin of spaceshiptwo of Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism firm Virgin Galactic. Photo: Virgin Galactic / Reuters

George Whitesides, chief space officer at Virgin Galactic, said that passengers can stop themselves at extreme altitudes to swim around the cabin in zero-gravity conditions.

The company has signed up to fly 600 customers and at least more than 400 people have expressed interest, Whiteside has said. No date has been set for its first commercial space flight. The British founder Sir Richard Branson is expected to be aboard.

Virgin Galactic has never made a profit and suffers from frequent delays. Branson said last year he expected to make the first trip “in months, not years” after depositing £ 60m.

Some of the cabin's 12 circular windows.

Some of the cabin’s 12 circular windows. Photo: Virgin Galactic / The Spaceship Co / AFP / Getty Image

The cabin also has a large, circular mirror at the rear, “to allow our customers to see themselves in space in a way that has never really been done before,” Whiteside said.

VSS Unity on a test flight in New Mexico in May.

VSS Unity on a test flight in New Mexico in May. Photo: Virgin Galactic / AP

The aircraft, attached to a large carrier aircraft, aims to fly midway through the company’s New Mexico spaceport and launch mid-air toward the edge of space in a 90-minute-long journey.

Virgin Galactic Space Tourism is dying for supremacy the Space Project, started by a Blue Origin venture led by Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos of the world’s richest man, Amazon.

Branson began trading on the stock market in October, acquiring a $ 450 million fund through a merger with social capital Hadoceopia, an investment vehicle run by former Facebook executive Chauth Palihipitiya.

Reuters contributed to this report


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