Virgin in Space

VSS Enterprise

It’s great marketing on Virgin’s part to call their new spaceship the VSS Enterprise, and congrats to them for a great PR day with the recent “test flight”.

Branson’s company Virgin Galactic announced Monday that the VSS Enterprise had successfully completed what it called a captive carry flight attached to a carrier plane.

The VSS Enterprise remained attached to its carrier aircraft for the duration of the 2-hour, 54-minute flight, reaching an altitude of 45,000 feet, according to a statement from Virgin. – CNN

A necessary step towards space tourism, which makes me happy, but certainly not a cheap one:

Virgin Galactic has envisioned one flight a week, with six tourists aboard. Each will pay $200,000 for the ride and train for at least three days before going. About 80,000 people have placed their names on the waiting list for seats. – Still CNN

Still, there’s definitely something to be said for the odd Leer-Jets-strapped-to-a-flying-wing appearance, although it sort of looks as if it were designed by an eight year old mashing up airplane model kits.