Thursday, January 24, 2008

Virgin reveals new spaceship

Pictures of the commercial spacecraft that will call the New Mexico Spaceport home were released today from a hangar in California.

Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two mothership is scheduled to begin test flights by this summer in California.

The company also unveiled scale models of the craft.

Virgin Galactic intends to start launching people into space for $200,000 a roundtrip. One-way flights are not an option the company is currently considering.

The spaceport south of Truth or Consequences remains under construction, but the state’s space authority says everything is on track to open in early 2010.

Virgin Galactic is planned to be the anchor enterprise at the spaceport.

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