Virgin Galactic

July 31, 2009

A strange aerial creature made its appearance this week over the skies of OshKosh, Wisconsin, as Virgin Galactic VMS Eve flew its maiden public flight over the world’s largest private air show, EAA Airventure. On board was none other than billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who capitalized the idea of Virgin Galactic, the world’s first “spaceline”. Developed by pioneering aeronautic designer Burt Rutan and his firm Scaled Composites, the quad jet engine VMS Eve, aka White Knight 2, is formed from an unique dual-hull carbon composite and largest aircraft of its kind. It will be the aerial launch vehicle (or “mothership”) to send off the space module, SpaceShip Two, once both vehicles reached an altitude of 50,000 feet. The first “captive carry” flight is scheduled to take place end of this year. Those who are interested in becoming one of the few civilians to reach space, you could “book” your flight via the Virgin Galactic website.



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