His Virgin Galactic business might … Virgin Galactic has successfully completed its first SpaceShipTwo test flight from Spaceport America. The ships were unveiled in January 2008, but passengers have been signing up since 2005. Photo credit: Jeff Foust via Flickr. The air launch of SS2 doesn't expose passengers to the risks associated with rocket launches -- if the rocket fails to ignite, SS2 can glide back for a safe landing.
Virgin Galactic has emphasized safety in the designs of WK2 and SS2. A suborbital flight has a parabolic flight path -- like the shape that's made when you throw a rock into the air and it falls back down. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will carry six passengers up past 328,000 feet altitude (100 kilometers), the point where astronaut wings are awarded. This is the Virgin Galactic company profile.
Image from Virgin Galactic This glide flight marks the inaugural solo flight of VSS Unity in New Mexico and is an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service. Once Virgin Galactic starts operating flights for paying customers, here’s what you’ll experience if you’re a ticket-holder: You’ll fly to New Mexico and transfer to Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic’s launch site … WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) Like WhiteKnightOne, WK2 is made of carbon composites -- it's the world's largest all carbon-composite aircraft. For example, the hybrid rocket engine doesn't require storage of explosive propellants. All content is posted anonymously by employees working at Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic has licensed the designs and technologies of SpaceShipOne to create two new ships, SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo (the turbo jet that carries SpaceShipTwo into the air). Virgin Galactic will use technologies developed and tested on SS1 in its designs for WK2 and SS2. Glassdoor gives you an inside look at what it's like to work at Virgin Galactic, including salaries, reviews, office photos, and more. Richard Branson Doesn't Have a Drop to Drink Despite a $5.9 billion net worth, Richard Branson is strapped for cash.