Friday, January 25, 2008

Virgin Galactic's Spaceliner Design Unveiled

So you're ready to fly into space, but you don't have $200,000 handy to buy a ticket? Me neither. But we can dream together, can't we? Virgin Galactic has released designs for SpaceshipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo, currently under construction at Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites air/spacecraft factory. This thing is gigacool. It's one of the best reasons I can think of for winning the lottery (and I can think of quite a few). They've also got a video, with some animated depictions of a flight. New Mexico spaceport, here we come!

It's been a few years now since I wrote my short story, "Rocket Ride! A Short Day's Journey into Space," about traveling in just such a machine. But you can still read it here.

"And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

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