Monday, June 23, 2008

Potential First Picture of SpaceShipTwo

Well, it seems that FlightGlobal managed to take a picture of a structure that may be a piece of the first SpaceShipTwo, currently under construction at Scaled Composites in Mojave, California.

The structure in question is a piece of a nose section. This appears, at first glance, to be a piece of a WhiteKnightTwo aircraft (which has two similarly-structured nose sections), but key differences suggest that this may actually be the first-seen piece of the VSS Enterprise, the first SpaceShipTwo.

For one thing, the picture shows a nose section as one complete, seamless piece, whereas the officially-released WhiteKnightTwo construction pictures show that its fuselage, including the nose section, is made of two distinct pieces.

Also, there is a prominent structure close to the bottom of the imaged nose section that is not present in WhiteKnightTwo's structure.

Oh, and I guess you'll want to see the picture. Credit FlightGlobal.

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