Suborbital Personal Spaceflight About to Take Off

by on September 14, 2008 · 4 comments

The San Diego Union Tribune has an outstanding summary of the recently-unveiled SpaceShipTwo (SS2) (Wikipedia), successor to SpaceShipOne, which became the first private vehicle to reach space in 2004 and won the $10m Ansari X-Prize.  SS2 is vying to become the world’s first commercially operational spaceplane and the first in Virgin Galactic’s fleet.  Pictured at left is Virgin founder and multi-billionaire Richard Branson, and to his right, Burt Rutan, designer of SS1 and SS2.  The PDF does an excellent job of illustrating the basics of an SS2 flight, though at nearly 9mb, the file isn’t a quick download.

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