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If all goes as planned, we may soon be able to travel to space. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, an American spaceflight company, plans to take tourists on a 90-minute trip beyond the Earth on its VSS Unity’s passenger cabin. The company recently released a virtual tour of the cabin that has been designed for space travel.
The Future of the Fleet.— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 25, 2021
Rollout, March 30th. pic.twitter.com/Y6Y3NvNTDp
As the spaceship ascends to about 97km from the surface of our planet, tourists will be able to enjoy magnificent views from large circular porthole windows. The cabin can accommodate six passengers and a two-member crew. All seats have been adjusted to suit every person’s height and weight. A personal and well-integrated communication system will also give each passenger direct access to the space pilots.
People on board will not be permitted to carry smartphones since they tend to float in the absence of gravitational force and might hurt a passenger. Talking to a news daily, Virgin Galactic’s Chief Space Officer George Whitesides said that 16 cameras have been fitted around the cabin to take pictures for passengers. Videos will be recorded by two more cameras. They have been set in place to compensate for smartphones with cameras.
Virgin Galactic said Thursday it is delaying the next test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle by more than two months to address technical issues, part of a revamped flight test program that will postpone flights of space tourists to 2022. https://t.co/KQhITF69jE pic.twitter.com/attGYQt17Y— SpaceNews (@SpaceNews_Inc) February 26, 2021
Moreover, Whitesides said that passengers will be able to remove their harness and float in the cabin up to a permissible point in the flight. Soft furnishings and grips have been fitted for comfort and to prevent any injuries.
Due to technical checks, plans to take off have been postponed until 2022. Till now, it has been reported that 60 people have signed up for the space trip. The cost of a ticket is $250,000. The spacecraft is intended to take off from Virgin Galactic’s spaceport in New Mexico.
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