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Branson Unveils Space Tourism Jet  
User currently offlineBA1978 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 3241 times:

I'm sure there's plenty of us that would like a trip on that!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7529978.stm


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3307 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 3234 times:

That's only the carrier, not the spacecraft itself...


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User currently offlineBa1978 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 3193 times:



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 1):
That's only the carrier, not the spacecraft itself...

I did read the article, that's why the thread title does not read "Branson Unveils Space Tourism Spacecraft'  banghead 



There are other ways and there's British Airways
User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3073 times:
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Hmm, another interesting design from Burt Rutan...which cockpit actually is the cockpit of SS2?


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User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3005 times:



Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 3):
Hmm, another interesting design from Burt Rutan...which cockpit actually is the cockpit of SS2?

Perhaps one pilot sits in one side of SS2 while the other sits on the other? Just a guess.




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User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2826 times:
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Quoting WN230 (Reply 4):
Perhaps one pilot sits in one side of SS2 while the other sits on the other? Just a guess.

I'm not sure that would work at all...I'd like to see what my P2 is doing!

Maybe the launch operator/controller or something....



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User currently offlineBOSSAN From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

Wired

Quote:
The interior of one hull is a replica of the SS2: Passengers will ride along in training for a full-on space voyage the next day. FAA permitting, the second hull will carry cut-rate day-trippers into the stratosphere.

Aero News Network

Quote:
It will ultimately be possible for both fuselage cabins to be occupied such that crew training could occur during Space Ship Two launches. Friends or family members of Virgin Galactic astronauts could also witness the launch from White Knight Two in flight. Initially, however, the left hand boom will be unoccupied.

I gather from that that the WK2 pilot controls are in the cockpit on the right side boom, which doubles as a mockup of the SS2 interior. The SS2 fuselage is 90 inches in external diameter, so the WK2 should have plenty of room for both pilots to sit side by side.


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

More tripe from Branson.

Quote:
Mr Branson predicts the maiden space voyage will take place in 18 months.

Taken from a similar article in December 2005

Quote:
Virgin Atlantic is now going to offer flights to outer space. The cost of the trip $200,000.00 or 2,000,000 frequent flier miles. The first trip is planned for 2008.

Well if the past is anything to judge by, remember that Branson said after acquiring Virgin Express that within two years they would be the major airline in Europe. He also stated that Virgin Eurostar would carry over 10 million passengers within two years, and that Virgin Cola would outsell Pepsi Cola within two years. Where are Virgin Express and Virgin Cola today?!? Virgin Eurostar?

So how come the self-confessed Eco-Warrior of Civil Aviation has now set his sights on space tourism?



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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3659 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Typical piece of Branson PR' lots of grinning white teeth and promises for the future, but no substance. The actual space craft staying firmly under its cover.

User currently offlineMysterzip From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Whose country is the aircraft flying, I wonder?

User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2219 times:
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Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 3):
which cockpit actually is the cockpit of SS2?

Whoops, I meant White Knight 2...you know what I mean!



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2179 times:



Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 10):
Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 3):
which cockpit actually is the cockpit of SS2?

Whoops, I meant White Knight 2...you know what I mean!

From what I understand. Only one "cockpit" is real. The other just has painted-on windows to make it look "balanced".

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 8):
The actual space craft staying firmly under its cover.

It's not finished yet.


User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10807 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Sir Richard Branson, thats one prototype entrepeneur. Applause, applause.

When the reporter went around the nose of the White Knight it reminded me a lot of Snoopy.

Quoting Thorny (Reply 11):
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 8):
The actual space craft staying firmly under its cover.

It's not finished yet.

Branson says 9 to 12 months until it will be shown.


User currently offlineCuriousFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2062 times:



Quoting Thorny (Reply 11):
Only one "cockpit" is real. The other just has painted-on windows to make it look "balanced".

So what is in the window-less cabin?

From the virgingalactic website it seems the one with windows does have seats...


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

So any date for the maiden flight of the WK2, since it´s hardly competing for the American spaceprize and it got no similar priced competition (flying on the russian spaceship cost a lot more). I say they got their biz runing nicely.

User currently offlineDano1977 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Jun 2008, 513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1952 times:



Quoting BCAL (Reply 7):

i just did a quick search on Eurostar and a list of its shareholders doesn't include Sir Dick Branson...But suprisingly British Airways has a 10% shareholding

Eurostar services are under unified management, the Eurostar Group. In each country, a member company undertakes Eurostar operation:

Belgium — NMBS/SNCB
France — SNCF
United Kingdom — Eurostar (U.K.) Ltd. or (EUKL)
EUKL managed (under contract) by InterCapital and Regional Rail (ICRR), a consortium of:
National Express Group (40%),
SNCF (35%)
NMBS/SNCB (15%)
British Airways (10%).
Eurostar is a member of Railteam, a marketing alliance formed in July 2007 of seven European high-speed rail operators, including Thalys. The alliance plans to allow tickets bookable from one side of Europe to the other on one website



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1314 times:



Quoting Dano1977 (Reply 15):
i just did a quick search on Eurostar and a list of its shareholders doesn't include Sir Dick Branson

Hardly surprising as Branson's Virgin Group tender to operate the Eurostar service was turned down in favour of a predecessor of the current operators.



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