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Virgin Galactic Unveiled

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(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 space.com(1) and watch a flight animation(2) depicting a simulated ride aboard Virgin Galactic.

1. http://www.space.com/news/060828_spaceshiptwo_next.html
2. http://www.space.com/php/video/player.php?video_id=Virgin_galactic01
3. http://www.space.com/php/video/player.php?video_id=Virgin_galactic01

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