“This is a big moment, because while the event may be virtual, its importance to beginners to open up space to everyone is very real,” said Virgin Richard founder Sir Richard Branson today. “It’s specifically designed to enable thousands of people to safely fulfill their dreams of flying from space.”
“I was once told that the Virgin Galactic spacecraft was the first to be built from the inside,” he continued. “There is a certain poetic certificate in that statement, but there is a basic truth in it. We started with what we believe will be the optimal customer experience. And then we built a spaceship around it. “
In a press release on Tuesday, Virgin Galactic, together with UK design firm Seymourpowell, designed the vehicle’s interior to create an “elegant yet progressive, experience-oriented concept”. The individual seating parts will be made of aluminum and carbon fiber to stand up to the sub-3G generated by the vehicle’s engines. Screens attached to the seat backs do not show the latest Vin Diesel bomb, and instead will display direct flight data, as well as from 16 HD cameras mounted on the outside of the car. These videos and photos will also be available to people on the fly for sharing on social media. Astronauts who want to see the planet for themselves will be able to look through any of the 12 cabin windows. Because the purpose of all these trips is to allow people to experience weightlessness, the cabin is covered with soft surfaces and handles, such as a halo rim around each window. As with Virgin Atlantic flights, Unity will be equipped with mood lighting that passes through each phase of the trip.
Virgin Galactic has come a long way as a fatal crash during flight tests forced the company to suspend the project (and ticket sales go to the spacecraft) back in 2014. After the car was reconstructed, Virgin Galactic successfully entered space in 2018. Ticket sales resumed in February this year when the company launched its One Small Step program, during which wealthy future space tourists can pay a $ 1,000 deposit to move forward in the reservation queue. Tickets were initially expected to cost around $ 250,000, although then-CEO George Whitesides warned that as the flight system expanded, the price could rise sharply.
In June of this year, SpaceShipTwo successfully completed the second gliding test, reaching Mach .85 and paving the way for engine testing in the near future. Last week, Virgin Galactic announced that it had hired former Disney CEO Mikhail Colglazier as the new CEO, replacing Whitesides, who now serves as the company’s chief space officer.