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    Question Richard Branson, Space Man?

    Old News, But New To Me!
    It sounds like Sir Richard Branson wishes to be another Howard Hughes!

    Jul 28, 2008 05:52 PM in Space
    Forget the Dark Knight--the White Knight Two mothership has arrived
    By Adam Hadhazy

    Sir Richard Branson's space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, provided a glimpse today of the completed mothership that it hopes will ferry adventuresome travelers to the fringes of space.

    Unveiled this morning at a press conference in the Mojave Desert, the White Knight Two (WK2) aircraft--dubbed Eve after Branson's mother--features a twin cockpit construction with a space between the dual cabs for the passenger vehicle, called SpaceShipTwo. Once launched from the mothership, SpaceShipTwo is meant to treat tourists to several minutes of weightlessness as well as what Virgin Galactic says ought to be a spectacular view.

    Burt Rutan*, a designer at Scaled Composites, the manufacturer that built Eve, the first of two WK2 designs to be completed, heralds the new ship as a big step forward in aeronautics. It is constructed out of lightweight carbon composites, which he and Branson say endow the craft with environmentally friendly fuel efficiency and versatility.

    The $100 million white craft sports a B29-bomber- ("flying fortress"-) size wingspan of 140 feet (43 meters), and its four engines are designed to send it soaring as high as 50,000 feet. Once there, its payload, the SpaceShipTwo, will detach and climb to over 60 miles (100 kilometers) above Earth for those aforementioned views.
    Full Article:http://www.scientificamerican.com/bl...e-k-2008-07-28

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