Virgin Galactic has unveiled the interior of its center of space, showcasing a cabin with new custom seats and a “space mirror” in a virtual tour of what its passengers can expect from spaceflight.
For $ 250,000, passengers who have registered for a suborbital flight aboard the VSS Unity will be trapped in six custom seats and will be able to peek out of the 12 round windows of the cabin as they ascend 97 km (60 miles) above the ground. , The plane has five more windows.
Virgin Galactic chief space officer George Whitesides said passengers could untangle at top altitudes and float around the cabin under zero gravity.
The company has 600 customers registered for the flight and at least 400 others who expressed interest, said Whitesides. The first commercial space flight has not been scheduled. British founder Sir Richard Branson is expected to be on board.
Virgin Galactic never made a profit and was plagued by a gradual delay. Branson said last year that after securing £ 60 million in deposits, he hopes to make his first trip “in months, not years”.
The cabin also has a large circular mirror at the rear, which “allows our customers to see themselves in space in a way that has never been done before,” said Whitesides.
The aircraft, coupled with a larger carrier aircraft, is designed to take off from a New Mexico spaceport and separate air to launch another journey to the edge of space during a 90-minute journey.
Virgin Galactic seeks to dominate space tourism with the SpaceX project, founded by Tesla founder Elon Musk and Blue Blue, led by Amazonian Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world.
In October, Branson traded in stocks and secured $ 450 million in funding through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia, an investment vehicle operated by former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya.
Reuters contributed to this report