LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Virgin Galactic unveiled its SpaceShipTwo cabin interior during a virtual live stream event on Tuesday. According to the company, the interior of SpaceShipTwo has been in development for over 15 years and may now be within months of flying its first group of passengers.
“It is a cabin which has been designed specifically to allow thousands of people to achieve their dreams to allow spaceflight safely and to maximize every aspect of that fabulous journey,” said the Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson.
The ship will be able to seat up to six-passenger seats and features 17 cabin windows and a tinted mirror that will allow passengers to view themselves as they float out of their seats in microgravity. The ride will also be recorded through a collection of 16 high-definition cameras in the cabin’s walls.
In a press release, the company says the spaceship’s cabin was created in collaboration with the London design agency, Seymourpowell in order to develop an elegant yet experience-oriented concept. The company states its goal was to provide safety while also allowing travelers to fully experience their journey.
Virgin Galactic states the passenger seats will be individualized and are made of the highest-grade aluminum and carbon-fiber manufacturing techniques which are featured as part of the $250,000 ticket according to CNN. The spacecraft also features a pilot-controlled recline mechanism that positions passengers to manage G-forces on boost and re-entry and also frees up space in the cabin to allow individuals to float while in zero gravity.
The lighting is also programmed for each phase of the flight. “Whether its a calming color for your release altitude, or we can add more vibrancy through the energetic rocket boost phase, and turn it off completely while we go through space,” said the director of design, Jeremy Brown. “During this phase, we allow the earth itself to provide the ultimate, beautiful lighting.”
For a refundable registration fee of $1,000, you can now sign up to be kept up-to-date on Virgin Galactic exclusive content and will be contacted once tickets are available. The company has also released a free, augmented reality enabled mobile app to view the spaceship’s cabin which will be released following the company’s virtual live stream Tuesday.
More than 600 customers from across the world have have already bought tickets for a flight aboard the Virgin Galactic spaceship. No start date for commercial flights have been set at this time.
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