Virgin Galactic has unveiled the interior of its spacecraft in the central plane, showcasing a cockpit with new special seats and a “space mirror” in a virtual journey that awaits its passengers on flights to the edge of space.
For a $ 250,000 ticket, passengers who signed up for a suborbital flight aboard the VSS Unity launched six individual seats and could look through 12 round cockpit windows, rising 97 km (60 miles) above the Earth. The plane has five more windows.
Virgin Galactic Chief Space Officer George Whitesides said passengers could disperse at peak altitude to swim around the cabin in zero gravity.
The company has 600 customers who have checked in for the flight and at least another 400 who have expressed interest, Whitesides said. No date has been set for the first commercial space flight. The British founder Sir Richard Branson is expected to be on board.
Virgin Galactic never made a profit and experienced certain successive delays. Branson said he hoped to make his first trip last year “in months, not years”, after securing deposits of £ 60 million.
The cabin also has a large round mirror at the back, “so that our customers can see themselves in space in a way that has never been done before,” said Whitesides.
The aircraft, attached to a larger carrier aircraft, is designed to take off from the company’s New Mexico spaceport and remove medium air to further advance to the edge of space during a 90-minute journey.
Virgin Galactic is involved in space tourism with the SpaceX project, started by Tesla founder Elon Mosk, and Blue Origin, led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man.
Branson did business in the stock market in October, securing $ 450 million in funding through a merger with Hedosophia Social Capital, an investment mechanism run by former Facebook CEO Chamath Palihapitiya.
Reuters contributed to this report