Recently, the company Virgin Galactic has revealed the image of a micro-orbital spacecraft that will take luxury passengers on a tour to the edge of space.
Company disclosed SpaceShip III, also known as VSS Imagine, in a short trailer on Tuesday.
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The outer shell of the VSS Imagine has a mirror-like material, which helps to create an unbelievably impressive appearance. In addition, this material also has heat insulation to help protect the ship.
Virgin Galactic did not hesitate to show the shiny look of VSS Imagine in the trailer for the ship’s launch with the idea of ”reflecting the inherent human passion for the universe and the change of experience in journeys. fly into space “.
Besides, not too much detailed information about the new ship has been revealed, except for the design that makes the maintenance process easier and the company will provide more flights. Each year, Virgin Galactic aims to achieve 400 sub-orbital trips per ship.
VSS Imagine will soon be ground-tested with scheduled flights next summer at Spaceport America base, New Mexico state. In the coming months, the company will also begin construction of the VSS Inspire, the second SpaceShip III in Virgin Galactic’s flight lineup.
Virgin Galactic is aiming to take tourist flights to the edge of space, to compete with companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin.
However, Virgin Galactic’s price per passenger is not cheap, 250,000 USD / person (about 5.7 billion VND). For those who qualify, they will experience a journey of a lifetime within VSS Imagine. The ship will be carried on a larger aircraft from the ground runway. When it reaches a height of 15,000m, VSS Imagine will eject from the transport plane and rise to a height of 100,000m. This is the height specified as the boundary between Earth and space. Here, passengers will experience a beautiful view with a short time without gravity. After that, VSS Imagine would return to Earth and land on the runway like a normal airplane.
“The VSS Imagine and Inspire are beautiful ships that bring future astronauts into space on a wonderful journey, and their names also reflect human aspirations for space flight”, Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic, said in a statement.
The ship will be carried on a larger aircraft from the ground runway.
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said, “Virgin Galactic’s spaceships are specially formulated to give a fresh look to thousands of people who will soon be able to experience the grandeur of the universe for themselves. pillar “.
“As a vehicle in SpaceShip III, VSS Imagine not only looks beautiful, but also demonstrates the growth of the Virgin Galactic fleet. All great achievements, creativity and change begin only. with one idea. We hope all space passengers will return with new perspectives and bold ideas that can bring a positive change to our planet, “he said. more.