Spaceship 2, bigger, faster, and now available for modding!
Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic have released the new design for viewing of the follow on to SpaceShip 1, the cleverly named, Spaceship 2! Carried aloft by Whitenight 2 the new ship is massive in comparison (still not huge, but definitely more useful).
It really looks like a winning space platform. With the New Mexico Spaceport (clever job New Mexico, you’re far better than that old Mexico) They’ll have prime launching facilities for this new system.
The new design is also built to be adaptable to accommodate parallel designs, so that if companies want custom White Night and Spaceship designs for industrial or commercial reasons, they can easily adapt the system to accommodate those changes.
The Carbon airframe is super strong and will withstand vastly more punishment than most airframes to date. Additionally the design is built to accommodate heightened safety standards, as they are not willing to compromise safety for civilian riders (it would be bad for business).
I wish the Virgin Galactic crew put out a bit more data, but for now this link will have to suffice with more pictures.
See you in the stars!