There's something awe-inspiring about seeing a space vehicle before it's finished. An actual spaceflight might be its most glorious moment, but a lot of raw energy and work goes into getting it there.
Space tourism company Virgin Galactic shared a look at a major assembly milestone for its next SpaceShipTwo on Tuesday.
Virgin Galactic is assembling the spaceplane at its manufacturing facility in Mojave, California. The company has now mated the fuselage and cabin and attached the two tail booms to the rear of the spaceship. It actually looks like a recognizable spaceplane.
The spaceship under construction will eventually join the existing VSS Unity as part of founder Richard Branson's fleet of space tourism vehicles. during a momentous test flight in December 2018. Virgin Galactic has a third spaceplane underway as well.
VSS Unity tests have been moving forward after a series of setbacks that included a. Virgin Galactic is inching toward offering commercial space tourism flights .
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides suggested the companyby the spring of 2020. Getting a second spaceplane into service would help Virgin Galactic reach its goals, but delays aren't unusual when it comes to achieving space milestones.
We can still take a moment to step back and appreciate the assembly process for the next SpaceShipTwo.