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SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo

Here comes WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo

Doors open

Taxiing in

Arrival

Aircraft progression logo

Experimental

Hangar view

SpaceShipOne and WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne front

SpaceShipTwo

SpaceShipTwo from side

The Spaceship Company sign

The Spaceship Company

Virgin Galactic truck

VMSEVE

WhiteKnight from above

WhiteKnight and SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo from above

WhiteKnight from the front

WhiteKnight logo

Side of WhiteKnight

Tail

WhiteKnight

WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo from behind

Mojave Air and Space port

Scaled Composites

Rotary Rocket

MOJAVE, Calif.--On Monday, The Spaceship Company, which is the partnership between Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, opened the doors to its new assembly facility. There, the company will produce new models of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo, which will be used to take tourists willing to pay $250,000 into space.

To celebrate the opening, The Spaceship Company hosted an event where, for the first time ever, WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo appeared alongside the original WhiteKnight and a replica of SpaceShipOne.

Here, SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo are seen in the middle of the giant assembly hangar.

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As the hangar doors opened, the audience of about 250 invited guests, politicians, media, and employees watched SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo appear outside.
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With the doors wide open, the audience had a great view of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo arriving.
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Here we see WhiteKnightTwo, carrying SpaceShipTwo, taxiing into the assembly building.
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The crowd of about 250 cheered as WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo made their way fully into The Spaceship Company's brand-new assembly building.
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One of the Virgin Galactic logos, seen here on a WhiteKnightTwo engine, is this representation of the progression of aircraft through the ages.
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Barely noticeable on the bottom of SpaceShipTwo is the word "experimental," signifying that the spaceship is still in the testing phase. It is not known when Virgin Galactic will begin taking tourists into space, but it said Monday that it has booked $60 million worth of business for the future flights.
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In this wide view of the new assembly building, the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo combination is seen alongside the original WhiteKnight.
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In this photo, taken from above, it is possible to see both the new SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo combination alongside a replica of the original SpaceShipOne. Virgin Galactic said Monday's event was the first time all of Virgin Galactic's vehicles had appeared together in public.
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This is a replica of SpaceShipOne, the vehicle that won the X-Prize in 2004. The original spaceship is currently on display at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
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This is the front of the replica of SpaceShipOne.
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Here we see SpaceShipTwo. The Spaceship Company said it plans to build at least two more SpaceShipTwos.
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This is a view of SpaceShipTwo, taken from the side.
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Hanging on the wall of the assembly facility is this clever sign for The Spaceship Company.
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This is the logo for The Spaceship Company, seen stenciled on the glass outside its headquarters in Mojave, Calif.
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This is a Virgin Galactic aircraft tug.
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Painted on the side of WhiteKnightTwo is this Virgin Galactic logo.
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This is the original WhiteKnight, which carried SpaceShipOne into the sky--and then dropped it--seen from above.
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For the first time ever, Virgin Galactic showed off all its aircraft at the same time.
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This is the nose of the original WhiteKnight.
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This is the WhiteKnight logo, seen on the original WhiteKnight.
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Here we see WhiteKnight from the side.
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This is the tail of WhiteKnight.
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This is the original WhiteKnight.
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In this photograph WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo are seen from behind.
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Today there are 14 companies in the commercial space industry doing business at the Mojave Air and Space port in Mojave, Calif.
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Scaled Composites, which made SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo, as well as WhiteKnight and WhiteKnightTwo, is located at the Mojave Air and Space port.
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Rotary Rocket is one of 14 companies doing commercial space industry work at the Mojave Air and Space port.
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