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Virgin Galactic Shows Off SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo January 23, 2008

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If you’ve got the cash Richard Branson has got a sweet ride for you to get into orbit. Today Branson’s Virgin Galactic showed of designs for the successor to SpaceShipOne – the White Knight Two (WK2) mothership and the SpaceShipTwo transport

According to Virgin Galactic they’ve already had c 85,000 registrations of interest to fly. Already 80 of SpaceShipTwo’s first passengers have been through medical assessment and centrifuge training.

“The designs of both the mothership and the new spaceship are absolutely beautiful and surpass any expectations for the future of commercial spaceflight that we had when first registering the name Virgin Galactic in 1999,” Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic said in a statement. ”

Virgin Galactic will make further announcements regarding the progress of the launch system, development of its markets, the test flying program and start of commercial operations at Spaceport America in due course.

Check out the full pics of the craft (and they’re big) over on Virgin Galactic’s Press site.

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