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.
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.
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2528 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?
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1989 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.
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%),
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
Children should only be allowed on aircraft if 1. Muzzled and heavily sedated 2. Go as freight