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Virgin Galactic Unveiled

(3)British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson unveiled the mock-up of SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's soon-to-be-built spaceliner. The new spacecraft, designed specifically for space tourism, seats eight people and will be hauled into launch position by WhiteKnightTwo, a massive carrier larger than a Boeing 757. Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites will construct the vehicles, which are expected to be ready for test flights within a year. Read more at and watch a flight animation(2) depicting a simulated ride aboard Virgin Galactic.


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