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Virgin unveils spaceship designs

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    Virgin Galactic has released the final design of the launch system that will take fare-paying passengers into space.
    It is based on the X-Prize-winning SpaceShipOne concept - a rocket ship that is lifted initally by a carrier plane before blasting skywards.

    The Virgin system is essentially a refinement, but has been increased in size to take eight people at a time on a sub-orbital trip, starting in 2009.

    Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson said the space business had huge potential.

    "I think it's very important that we make a genuine commercial success of this project," he told a news confernce in New York.

    "If we do, I believe we'll unlock a wall of private sector money into both space launch systems and space technology.

    "This could rival the scale of investment in the mobile phone and internet technologies after they were unlocked from their military origins and thrown open to the private sector."

    Sourced from BBC
  2. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    I will not be buying a ticket to Mars soon :)
  3. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    How much do you think it would cost per person?
  4. xhan

    xhan <span style="color: white; font-weight: 700; backg Webmaster

    Depends whether you want extra legroom and inflight entertainment.

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