Future astronauts will take part in the Virgin Galactic training programme, which will ensure that each one is psychologically and physically prepared to enjoy every second of their space flight.
Once the two ships have climbed to approximately 50,000 feet, the Virgin Unity spaceship will be released from the mothership and will propel itself into space at a speed of 4,000 km/h.
When the time comes, the pilots will disengage the rocket engine so that passengers can leave their seats and enjoy the best views of the Earth for several minutes in zero-g.
As they disembark from the spaceship, the crew will have officially become “astronauts” and part of the most exclusive group of adventurers in the world. They will be ready to celebrate their achievement with friends and family in a way that only Virgin knows how.
This space vehicle concept is the ideal solution for commercial space flights due to its safety, the experience it offers to passengers and its energy efficiency.
The first WhiteKnightTwo, VMS Eve, was launched in 2008 and underwent an extensive test flight programme.
SpaceShipTwo’s most innovative feature is its unique capability to change its shape in space to ensure a repeatable safe re-entry. By rotating its wings and tail booms upwards while in space, the vehicle’s stability and rate of deceleration in descent is controlled by aerodynamic forces.
The interior is exceptionally spacious and has been specifically designed to optimise the out-of-seat zero gravity experience.
This trip to space will be mainly defined by the views, which is why the cabin has more windows than any other spacecraft in history. The astronauts will be able to look out into the cosmos and back to our beautiful planet below with a new perspective in each direction.
The custom-designed next-generation seats are ergonomic and made from lightweight recyclable material. What’s more, each one is fitted with a screen to ensure that no detail of the flight is missed.
The collection consists of a base layer, a spacesuit, special footwear, a training suit and a Limited Edition astronaut jacket. It has been designed to combine comfort with functionality while guaranteeing a unique experience.
As a Future Astronaut, Ana Bru attended the unveiling event in New York and saw the suit she will wear herself during her own suborbital flight.
Spaceport America is funded by the State of New Mexico and the counties of Sierra and Dona Ana. It is the perfect backdrop against which to start and end a space flight. It is equipped with cutting-edge installations and an astronaut training centre, as well as all the vehicle hangars.
Exploring space is the ultimate expression of the human desire to push boundaries. Achieving that is undoubtedly one of the greatest milestones for our species. Not only because of the incredible ingenuity required but also because, without it, modern life would be unrecognisable.
Space gives us a new perspective. From up there, the borders over which so many battles are fought on Earth become arbitrary lines and it becomes clear that there is much more that unites us than separates us.
Virgin Galactic wishes to fulfil the dreams of all those who want to travel into space and become pioneers of a new age. That is why Spaceship Company is developing and operating a new generation of space vehicles.
Flying into space is a challenging ambition, but a highly necessary and possible one now. For the first time, we are creating the basic infrastructure for access to space that will serve to help scientists and business leaders for many years to come. This is the start of a new age of space exploration that promises to have a very positive impact for life on Earth.
The first Virgin Galactic spaceship to enter service is the VSS Unity. Unity and her sister spaceships offer the first ever opportunity for anyone to become a private astronaut. They will also offer the scientific community a unique platform for space research.
Safety is our priority. Our vehicles have been built to be safer through intelligent design. Furthermore, we will prepare each astronaut via a programme of medical checks and personalised training.
The future astronauts will complete our on-site pre-flight training programme at Spaceport America. Our aerospace medical experts will be constantly available to offer advice and assistance, as well as to verify the physical condition of astronauts before the flight.
The Virgin Galactic VSS Imagine spaceship innovates in both design and flight experience. Its innovative design allows Imagine to reflect the surrounding environment as it moves from the Earth into space, and its production is highly efficient.
VSS Imagine will begin testing on the ground, with glide flights starting in the summer of 2021 from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
We will provide in-depth preparation to each astronaut via a personalised programme of medical checks and training. As part of this training, each astronaut will learn to make the most of their time in microgravity, as well as how to feel comfortable and safe during the periods of strong acceleration.
The future astronauts of Virgin Galactic are of all ages, from adolescents to people in their 90s. They all come from different backgrounds, have different professions and speak different languages. Despite being so different, they all share the same overwhelming desire to live a personal, unique and safe experience in space. Furthermore, future astronauts are invited to form part of each step throughout the Virgin Galactic journey.