Rutan to unveil SpaceShipTwo this year

Los Angeles Daily News article on “one of the anticipated highlights in aerospace for 2007.”  Virgin Galactic representatives said they anticipate they will unveil the first of a fleet of spaceships – SpaceShipTwo – this year.

Patterned after – but twice as large as – the SpaceShipOne rocket plane that flew into space from Mojave in 2004, the craft is being built by SpaceShipOne’s builder, Burt Rutan. Virgin Galactic is investing up to $250 million for the development, construction, testing and flying of five SpaceShipTwo vehicles and two White Knight2s, the aircraft that will serve as the first stage for launches.

Virgin Galactic anticipates flight tests will begin in 2008.

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