Watching a prototype of a space vehicle is one of the awe-inspiring moments. However, to construct a functional giant vehicle based on the virtual design, require a lot of energy, efforts, and base materials.
This week, Virgin Galactic—California-based commercial spacecraft manufacturer—has released some photographs of its manufacturing site in Majove, where the upcoming spacecraft SpaceShipTwo is being assembled. So far, the company has assembled fuselage, cabin, as well as two tail booms. The appearance of the under assembled spaceship is similar to an existing and known spacecraft.
The upcoming spacecraft will ultimately join the existing fleet of space tourism vehicles under Virgin Group. After the December 2018 test flight, Virgin Group gathered focus specifically on its space business. Side by side, Virgin Galactic is preparing to work on its third spaceplane. The SpaceShipTwo launch underwent several setbacks, of which the major was a 2014 fatal crash.
Virgin Galactic is now stepping towards becoming one of the leading companies that would conduct successful commercial space tourism. George Whitesides—CEO of Virgin Galactic—told that most probably by the mid of 2020, the company would begin tourism operations.
Likewise, at the end of last month, one of the leading private aerospace manufacturers, SpaceX, succeeded in ignition test for its renowned rocket Falcon 9. The company has already revealed that it would exploit this rocket to conduct its first-ever crewed mission. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are the two NASA astronauts that will lead the crewed mission carried out by SpaceX space vehicle.
In 2014, NASA signed deals worth multibillion dollars with the two spacecraft manufacturers, Boeing and SpaceX, for offering space transportation services. Boeing has decided that its CST-100 Starliner capsule and United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket would offer space travel services for NASA. On the other hand, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket would do this job.
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