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WhiteKnightTwo And SpaceShipTwo Presentation In January

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:58 pm
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Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites plan to present their SpaceShipTwo with its WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft on January 23, 2008. Testing is planned to start in mid 2008 with the first commercial flights starting at the end of 2009.

SpaceShipTwo will carry six passengers and two pilots up to 130 kilometres and offer several minutes of weightlessness experience for a prize tag of $200.000. The first ship will be named VSS Enterprise, while the second one is named after adventurer Steve Fossett, VSS Spirit of Steve Fossett.

WhiteKnightTwo will be the carrier aircraft to lift SpaceShipTwo up to 15 kilometres altitude before SS2 will fire it’s hybrid rocket engine. It is about the size of a 737 jet.

The test flights will be flown from Mojave while the operational flights will take place from America’s Spaceport in New Mexico.

SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize in 2004 with 2 flights into space in one week following a test flight a few months earlier.

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