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Virgin Galactic revealed their Spaceshiptwo, the world’s first commercial spacecraft yesterday. The design will begin sending space tourists in the air from Spaceport America in New Mexico after testing. The spaceport, already featured on this blog some time ago is being built as we speak and was designed by Architect Norman Foster. The spacecraft was designed by Burt Rutan and features a large wing span with two separate cabins on either side of the SS2. The vehicle is a major step forward since the SS1’s first successful flights in 2004. The vehicle will take up to 6 passengers and 2 pilots for sub-orbital flights in space. The SS2 relies on the WK2 mother ship to launch it into orbit, firing its rocket motor at 50,000 feet in the air. The SS2 and the WK2 are also both designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, using ultra efficient engines and the SS2 will eventually be outfitted with a hybrid rocket motor, which is currently under development. Flights will hopefully begin in 2010 if all goes according to plan.


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