Forget the plane, take the intercity spaceship

2019-03-01 06:12:00

Space tourism may be just one of the services Virgin Galactic ends up offering future customers. Last week it said its first tourist space vehicle could also be used to launch satellites and make super-fast intercity trips. From next year, Virgin plans to run $200,000-a-time flights from a spaceport in New Mexico. The launch vehicle is WhiteKnightTwo, a four-engine jet aircraft. It has two fuselages joined by a wing that supports a rocket called SpaceShipTwo. At an altitude of 52,000 feet (16 kilometres), the rocket will separate,