Virgin Galactic's Next Space Plane Should Begin Test Flights in 2020

Space.com | 8/22/2019 | Mike Wall
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Virgin Galactic will soon have two space planes plying the sky, if all goes according to plan.

The company's newest six-passenger SpaceShipTwo vehicle, known as VSS Unity, is nearly ready to fly tourists to suborbital space and back. Unity reached space on its two most recent test missions, and the craft is being prepped for a move to Spaceport America in New Mexico, the hub for Virgin Galactic's commercial operations.

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Virgin Galactic's manufacturing subsidiary, The Spaceship Company, is currently building two additional SpaceShipTwos in Mojave, California. And one of them is almost ready to go, Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses told Space.com last week at the unveiling of the company's Gateway to Space building at Spaceport America.

Serial No. 4 is in production as well. And that's how we'll have to refer to these two future space planes, at least for now.

Names - Moses

"They have internal names, but we're not revealing them yet," Moses said.

SpaceShipTwo is designed to be lofted by a carrier plane called WhiteKnightTwo. At an altitude of about 50,000 feet (15,000 meters), the space plane separates from the carrier; then,...
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