Virgin Galactic reveals off passenger spaceship cabin interior

Virgin Galactic reveals off passenger spaceship cabin interior

Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic revealed the interior design of their SpaceshipTwo, a space plane created to provide astronaut-like experience for everyone willing to pay $250,000.

Virgin Galactic has also rolled out a mobile app so that aspiring space tourists or those who are curious can see the cabin design and spaceflight experience in augmented reality.

The New Mexico based company is planning to send paying customers into space from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico in the near future.

Remarkably specific facilities to boost the buyer flight encounter were revealed in an on the web event revealing the cabin of the company's rocket aircraft, a kind called SpaceShipTwo, which is undergoing tests in planning for commercial company.

The goal was to provide safety without distraction and "offer each astronaut a level of intimacy required for personal discovery and transformation".

Virgin Galactic was founded by British billionaire Richard Branson after the prize-winning flights of the experimental SpaceShipOne in 2004. We will continue with that ethos as we expand our fleet, build our operations and underpin Virgin Galactic's position as the Spaceline for Earth. A pilot-controlled recline mechanism is included to position the passenger astronauts to manage G- forces on boost and re-entry and to free up cabin space for astronauts to float freely when in zero gravity.

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"Each seat has been engineered to match the dynamism of the flight", Virgin said.

Multicolour LEDs are concealed within the "halo" window surrounds, with lights that change at each stage of flight.

Each seat includes seatback displays to show information about the flight, according to the company. "And then when they finally get into space and can look down at planet Earth, the lighting will just fade to nothing so that people can just focus on, you know, the attractive sight of our home planet".

The interior design focuses on this critical part of the experience with soft cabin surfaces and elements easy to find and hold onto during weightlessness.

The desire to capture and share the experience was top of mind for the design team, which incorporated 16 cameras into the cabin (in addition to those in the cockpit and mounted externally).

To further elevate the experience of floating in zero-gravity, the cabin includes a first for space travel - a large, circular mirror on the aft bulkhead.

Virgin Galactic also recently signed deals with NASA to develop high-speed aviation technology and a program to promote private missions to the International Space Station. Seat-back screens provide digital flight data to connect each astronaut to the flight deck, and personal integrated communication systems connect each astronaut and the two space pilots.

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