Virgin Galactic unveils cabin design for its spacefaring aircraft
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Virgin Galactic has unveiled the interior design of its space cabin which includes custom designed seats and an “unrestricted astronaut float zone” for when the aircraft enters zero gravity.
The individually sized seats have been created “using the highest-grade aluminium and carbon-fibre manufacturing techniques” for passengers willing to pay the $250,000 (£193,000) cost of a ticket on the aircraft.
A pilot-controlled recline mechanism is built in to manage G-forces on boost and re-entry and frees up cabin space to maximise the size of the astronaut float zone.
The cabin has also been designed specifically to allow for an “out-of-seat weightless experience” by including soft surfaces and window edges.
It will also have 16 cameras built into it that will record the flight and give passengers “a beautifully edited and historically significant personal movie”, as well as shots for social media. A “large circular mirror” will also be built in to allow customers to view themselves floating in zero gravity.
After the plans were announced, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson said: “When we created Virgin Galactic, we started with what we believed would be an optimal customer experience and then built the spaceship around it.
“We will continue with that ethos as we expand our fleet, build our operations and underpin Virgin Galactic’s position as the spaceline for Earth.
“This cabin has been designed specifically to allow thousands of people like you and me to achieve the dream of spaceflight safely and that is incredibly exciting.”
Michael Colglazier, chief executive of Virgin Galactic, said: “The spaceship cabin interior is in many ways the design centrepiece of the astronaut journey and what has been created will both facilitate and elevate a uniquely profound and transformational journey for the thousands who will fly.
“The fascination with spaceflight is universal and Virgin Galactic is here to satisfy it. We are particularly proud to be able to share this latest milestone with millions around the world, particularly during these unusual times.
“We hope the new app, with cutting-edge AR technology, will help bring the dream of space one step closer for space enthusiasts everywhere.”
The Virgin Galactic plane, which will be attached to a bigger carrier plane, is intended to take off from the company's New Mexico spaceport and detach mid-air to launch further toward the edge of space in a trip lasting 90 minutes.
Last year, the firm said it was just a few more test flights away from commercial service.
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