Virgin Galactic unveils spaceship cabin

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The cabin has 12 round windows across the sides and ceiling.
The cabin has 12 round windows across the sides and ceiling. Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic on Tuesday unveiled the interior of its first SpaceShipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity.

Decorated in teals and blues designed to match the views, the cabin includes 12 round windows across the sides and ceiling and seats that recline to allow maximum space for passengers to float weightlessly during their journey.

The seats can be customized to fit each passenger, the company said, and include digital seatback screens that give passengers a view of flight data throughout the trip.

In addition to exterior and cockpit cameras, the spaceship is outfitted with 16 interior cameras to record every aspect of the journey. It also has a large mirror at the back.

Virgin Galactic design director Jeremy Brown said in a virtual press conference that the mirror is one his favorite features, because it will create a “real memory burn” for customers when “they see themselves floating through space.”

The company did not say when it anticipates making its first commercial flight with Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson. But the company’s chief space office and former CEO George Whitesides said they hope to get final clearance from the FAA after one or two more powered space flights from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

After that, he said, the company anticipates “a small number” of flights with four passengers aboard to test protocols and the customer experience.

“Assuming that all goes well, we will be in the position to fly Sir Richard into space,” Whitesides said.

To date, some 600 people have signed up for the 90-minute spaceflights. The price is $250,000 per person.

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