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The Scaled Composites SpaceShipThree (SS3) was a mid-2000s proposed spaceplane to be developed by Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, ostensibly to follow SpaceShipTwo.

The mission originally proposed for SpaceShipThree in 2005 was orbital spaceflight.[1]

As of 2008, the company has scaled back those plans and articulated a design that would be a point-to-point vehicle traveling outside the atmosphere.[2] As of 2008, the SpaceShipThree concept spacecraft was conceived to be used for transportation through point-to-point suborbital spaceflight with the spacecraft providing, for example, a two-hour trip on the Kangaroo Route (from London to Sydney or Melbourne).[2]


  1. ^ "SpaceShipThree poised to follow if SS2 succeeds". FlightGlobal. August 23, 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b SpaceShipThree revealed?, FlightGlobal Hyperbola, Rob Coppinger, 29 Feb 2008

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