Friday, May 30, 2008

WhiteKnightTwo to be Rolled Out July 28

Well, a ton of space tourism news has come out in the past couple of days, so I'll take the stories one at a time.

The most exciting story by far is the recent announcement of the rollout date for Virgin Galactic's first WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. The announcement was made at the International Space Development Conference yesterday morning in Washington DC.

Two White Knight II craft are being built for Virgin Galactic, and the first one will be named Eve. These craft will be responsible for carrying Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft up to an altitude at which they can be released for their launch to space. Will Whitehorn, while he was making the announcement, also suggested that the White Knight II could be used for other purposes, such as firefighting or the launch of small satellites.

The announcement comes as no surprise, as the July 28 rollout date had been speculated before, but it's good to know that it's now official.

Progress: 3.73%  Flight Time: 0:05:35

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