Scaled Unveils Second-Gen Space-Plane

07.12.09

Categorie: Air, David Axe, Space |

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by DAVID AXE

Scaled Composites has finally unveiled the first example of its Space Ship Two sub-orbital transport, the second generation of its family of “space-planes” that began with Space Ship One in 2004. Space Ship Two is designed to carry six passengers and two crew to the border between our atmosphere and space, where they will experience several minutes of weightlessness. Rides go for $200,000 starting in 2011.

The Pentagon has been closely watching Space Ship Two’s development. The National Security Space Office wants to buy a space-plane demonstrator to experiment with cheap, re-usable, near-orbital craft for reconnaissance, Special Forces transport, satellite-launch and even delivery of unmanned vehicles. Read all about that here, here and here.

(Photo: Scaled)

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