Last Friday, Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight sister company of Virgin America / Virgin Atlantic unveiled an insanely awesome new spaceplane.
VSS Unity is the flashy new sibling of the VSS Enterprise, which was destroyed in a fatal accident in 2014.
The company hopes to one day carry tourists into suborbital space.
According to Business Insider, Unity is not much different from its predecessor, but one of the ship’s key improvements is designed to prevent another disaster like the November 2014 accident that killed pilot Michael Alsbury. At the time, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that Alsbury deployed a feathering reentry system too early and that Virgin Galactic hadn’t planned ahead for such human errors.
The new spaceplane has safeguards in place to make sure that doesn’t happen again, and the company is emphasizing a renewed commitment to careful testing.
The spaceplane has safeguards in place to make sure that doesn’t happen again, and the company is emphasizing a renewed commitment to careful testing.
The new spaceplane suggests that Virgin Galactic is not out of the private spaceflight game just yet. And it still has at least one willing customer:
— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 19, 2016
For more info and awesome pictures, be sure to check out (and follow) Virgin Galactic’s Instagram and Twitter accounts: @VirginGalactic
Until then, start saving up your money just so can you sniff the waitlist.