Virgin Galactic's reveals cabin design for VSS Unity spaceship

Ruben Fields
July 30, 2020

Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic revealed the interior design of their SpaceshipTwo, a space plane created to provide astronaut-like experience for everyone willing to pay $250,000.

Virgin Galactic is on track to clear its final testing milestones to obtain a commercial operating license from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration after it conducts "a small number of flights" carrying four test passengers, Whitesides told a news briefing.

The interior of SpaceshipTwo Cabin during a flight.

The plans for the cabin include individually sized reclining seats with "G-Force management" and automated mood lighting.

The cabin design is fairly minimalistic - with seats, windows and a large rear mirror making up most of the layout - to allow astronauts to focus on the experience.

"“We think that there's a real memory burn that customers are going to have when they see that analog reflection of themselves in the back of the cabin, seeing themselves floating freely in space. that very personal interaction that they'll have with the experience,"” he said.

It is SpaceShipTwo, where customers will enter the lower fringes of space to float in zero gravity and take in spectacular views of the planet they just paid a fortune to leave.

Virgin Galactic was founded by British billionaire Richard Branson after the prize-winning flights of the experimental SpaceShipOne in 2004.

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Like its predecessor, SpaceShipTwo is a rocket plane that is slung beneath a special jet airplane and released at high altitude. There's also a direct connection to the two space pilots. However, when Earth comes into view against the blackness of space, all lighting will be switched off to allow for an uninterrupted view.

There are already 600 "future astronauts" who have signed up for spaceflights with Virgin Galactic, and the company is accepting $1,000 refundable deposits to get in line for reservations.

"Each seat has been engineered to match the dynamism of the flight", Virgin said.

"“I also purposely went to a point in the cabin to most dramatically try to enjoy apogee and a view of Earth from the stillness of space, ”" she said.

The passengers will need to return to their seats immediately after a handful of minutes as the craft reorients and starts to interact with the growing density of the ambiance and then glides to an unpowered landing.

Before becoming the first space tourism company on the New York Stock Exchange in October, the company told investors that commercial flights would begin in the first or second quarter of this year, setting a target for 16 flights in 2020. The displays will show live flight data including speed, g-force and remaining boost time. Disney veteran Michael Colglazier recently assumed the role of Virgin Galactic CEO to ensure the experience, which will be centred around the view of Earth and the experience of weightlessness, is as magical as anticipated.

The organization has still to set a day for flights with paying out travellers.

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