Virgin Galactic: inside the Spaceport passenger lounge


Sir Richard Branson has finally revealed the Spaceport he will use to make space tourists disappear in orbit next year.

Its extravagant space company Virgin Galactic plans to charge $ 357,000 for a passenger launch ticket from the New Mexico port.

In a statement, Virgin Galactic stated that the world's first specially designed commercial space port is "functionally functioning", The sun reported.

The company, owned by the billionaire business man Branson, announced the transfer of all its space flight operations to the port, dubbed Spaceport America.

Virgin Galactic was carrying out test flights from Mohave, California, including the first successful launch of its space rocket plane in December last year.

More than 600 people have already paid $ 114.6 million in deposits to the company to secure tickets on the first space flights.

The company also revealed the interior of its "Gateway to Space" building in the spaceport.

The lavish structure includes two floors mainly focused on space flight operations and an additional common space plan specially designed for future customers.

Following the completion of internal work, the company stated that the spaceport structure can now "support Virgin Galactic's flight requirements".

The company said the common area was designed specifically for astronauts to share their experience with pilots, missile engineers and Mission Control agents.

Sir Richard had previously stated that he would fly on one of his company's space planes this year, with the first commercial flights increasing a few months later.

A spokesman said The sun: "We are working for the commercial operation in 2020."

It's a pretty ambitious goal and it's worth taking it with a pinch of salt, as Sir Richard has repeatedly passed his first flight predictions.

The billionaire founded Virgin Galactic in 2004 and initially predicted that the inaugural space flight would be launched by 2009. The date was repeatedly postponed due to technical problems.

A successful inaugural flight, manned by two pilots, finally took place in mid-December 2018.

If everything goes according to plan, space fans will be launched more than 80 km above the Earth, a point where NASA defines travelers as astronauts.

Passengers will board SpaceShipTwo, a space plane designed to carry six passengers and two pilots.

It is brought up by a large plane before coming off and zooming in at an altitude of about 100 km.

With a high price of $ 312,000 per ticket, the 90-minute flight is aimed at celebrities and thrill seekers as well as researchers.

Sir Richard said "in the end" that he would like to see prices fall from $ 55,000 over the next decade.

Last month, Virgin Galactic announced its merger with Social Capital Hedosophia, listed in New York, to become the first and only commercial space trading company.

Commenting on the presentation of the new spaceport, the company said: "Virgin Galactic has tried to remain faithful to that tradition by choosing an elegant and experience-centered concept for the space launch system itself.

"Likewise, the choice of the company to operate from Spaceport America in New Mexico is largely due to the state's decision to commission the historic architecture for the first commercial spaceport built specifically for the world.

"The Foster + Partners Gateway to Space structure pays tribute to the past while respecting the ancient surrounding landscape, strongly embracing the future through energy efficiency and sustainability.

"Furthermore, it was specially designed to allow Virgin Galactic to create an unparalleled experience as its customers prepare for life's travels before graduating as astronauts."

NASA revealed plans for a permanent moon base last year, with chief Jim Bridenstine declaring "we want a lot of humans in space".

Recently he chose SpaceX, Blue Origin's rival, to face a first mission in the world to deflect a dangerous space rock by hitting it with a spaceship in 2022.


Unlike most spaceflight companies, Virgin Galactic will not use a rocket to launch tourists into space.

Instead, his VSS Unity Space plan will head to the space linked to a huge transport plane called White Knight Two.

At about 80 km above the earth's surface – the outer space boundary as defined by NASA – VSS Unity will detach from its mother ship.

Within seconds, the spatial plane will activate its rocket engine and Unity will fly at an almost vertical angle into the suborbital space, striking three and a half times the speed of sound.

After the rocket engine has fired for about a minute, the pilots will safely turn it off, giving cyclists about two minutes of weightlessness.

The pilots will then rotate the Unit and bring it back to Earth, making it land like a commercial airliner.

This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced with permission



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