Virgin Galactic unveils Spaceship Two

December 8, 2009 01:19 by scibuff

Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceshipOne (SS1) designer, Burt Rutan, unveiled the first commercial spacecraft SpaceShipTwo (SS2) and its mothership WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) to the public at a ceremony in Mojave dessert in California. After the success of SpaceShipOne, that completed the first privately funded human spaceflight on June 21, 2004, and five years of waiting, SpaceShipTwo is now ready to take over 300 registered passengers for their first ride into space.

SpaceShipTwo and VMS Eve (WhiteKnightTwo) - Source: Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo and VMS Eve (WhiteKnightTwo) - Source: Virgin Galactic

The governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, speaks at the Virgin Galactic ceremony in Mojave dessert.

The governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, speaks at the Virgin Galactic ceremony in Mojave dessert.

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