Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo 'Unity' for Space Tourists

February 19, 2016 10:57 PM

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Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo 'Unity' for Space Tourists

Virgin Galactic rolled the second-ever SpaceShipTwo out of its hangar today (Feb. 19) here at the Mojave Air & Space Port, a facility that lies in the shadow of desert mountains about 90 miles (150 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. The unveiling ceremony featured blaring music, deep blue lighting, cocktails and the company's founder, Sir Richard Branson, riding atop the SUV that towed the vehicle into view. The voice of famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking boomed over a loud speaker and revealed the brand-new suborbital commercial vehicle's name — VSS (for Virgin Spaceship) Unity.

Today's big event comes more than 15 months after the loss of the original SpaceShipTwo, which was called VSS Enterprise. Enterprise broke apart during a test flight on Oct. 31, 2014, killing co-pilot Michael Alsbury and seriously injuring pilot Peter Siebold. [Gallery: Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity R...

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