Sunday, January 27, 2008

Tourist Spaceship Design Unveiled

Entrepreneur Richard Branson and aircraft designer Burt Rutan unveiled this model of SpaceShipTwo—a shuttle planned to start ferrying tourists into space within a few years—in New York on January 23, 2008.

The presentation also included a model of WhiteKnightTwo, the four-engine airplane that will carry SpaceShipTwo into its midair launch position.

David B. Caruso in New York
Associated Press
January 24, 2008
Within a few years a handful of rich tourists may be blasting into space in a craft that combines the aesthetics of the space shuttle and a corporate jet.
British billionaire Richard Branson and aerospace designer Burt Rutan unveiled a model Wednesday of SpaceShipTwo, the vehicle they hope will take passengers on suborbital joy rides.

"Breathtakingly beautiful," was Branson's assessment of the ship, which is now under construction at a hangar in the Mojave Desert and which may begin test flights as soon as this year.

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