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SpaceShipTwo (VSS Enterprise) is the next generation of privately funded spacecraft built upon the success of SpaceShipOne, which was the first private spacecraft to enter suborbital space in June 2004. SpaceShipTwo however, will be approximately three times as large as SpaceShipOne and will hold two pilots and six passengers.


Computer animation of SpaceShipTwo spaceflight

SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is being built as a joint venture between designer Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites, Inc. and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. The name being given the first SpaceShipTwo is VSS (Virgin Space Ship) Enterprise, which combines the obvious Virgin Airlines ties with the starship Enterprise from the Star Trek TV series.

Just as the SpaceShipOne was launched by the White Knight aircraft, SpaceShipTwo will be carried to 60,000 feet and launched by White Knight Two. White Knight Two has also been given the name VMS Eve (Virgin Mothership Eve) and is three times as large as its predecessor, White Knight.

One of the defining features of SpaceShipTwo will be the passenger experience. The first passengers are expected to pay around $200,000 per ticket for a 2.5 hour flight, so Rutan and Branson wish to give paying customers their money's worth.

The interior of SpaceShipTwo will have lots of windows and reclining, form fitting-seats. The passengers will be allowed out of their seats, however, for a couple of minutes to experience weightlessness during the spaceflight. There has been talk of using tethers to retract people back into their seats when the time for weightlessness has expired, although this may not be necessary.

The spacesuits are expected to be equipped with cameras in addition to the in-cabin cameras. Presumably, passengers will also receive a video DVD of their adventure to take home after the flight as well.

Even though the initial test flights are not due until late 2007 and the first actual commercial spaceflights until 2011, the first 200 reservations have been made by what Virgin is called the "Founders" group. This group has already made a $20,000 deposit on the flight.

The one exception is 51-year-old Alan Watts, who was able to trade in two million frequent flyer miles from Virgin Atlantic for this adventure. Apparently, he was not subject to blackout dates either. The idea behind using frequent flyer miles was to make the spaceflight more democratic and less elitist, allowing some people without the cash to participate. The idea of using lotteries is also being discussed, so that more Average Joe's and Average Jane's can participate.

The next two groups of passengers are being called "Pioneers" and "Voyagers". The Pioneers will be the next 400 paying passengers, with the next lot of Voyagers to follow. Both of these groups will pay significantly less that the initial Founders group.

There has also been talk of a reality TV show that will take place aboard the SpaceShipTwo and other high profile means of marketing commercial spaceflights. The test flights are to take place at the airport in Mojave, California, while the commercial flights are expected to take off and land at New Mexico's Spaceport America airfield.

If all goes well with SpaceShipTwo, then SpaceShipThree will be developed to be one of the first (if not the first) commercial orbital spacecraft, possibly even capable of docking with the International Space Station.

On July 26, 2007 Scaled Composites suffered a major setback as three of its technicians died at the Mojave Desert Compound while doing a routine cold-flow test for SpaceShipTwo. Three others were injured in the same explosion.

On December 10, 2009 the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo was officially unveiled in the Mojave California Desert. Richard Branson's daughter Holly gave the spacecraft its official name, VSS Enterprise. And VSS Enterprise has quite a good ring to it, now doesn't it?

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