VSS Voyager

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VSS Voyager
SS2 and VMS Eve.jpg
A SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise, carried by WhiteKnightTwo VMS Eve
Type Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo
Manufacturer Scaled Composites
Construction number 2 [1]
Registration N202VG [2]
First flight Under construction
Owners and operators Virgin Galactic
In service 2015 (planned) [3]

VSS Voyager[4] (Tail number: N202VG[2]) is a SpaceShipTwo-class suborbital rocket-powered manned spaceplane. It is the second ship being built, and is planned to be used as part of the Virgin Galactic Fleet.

Overview[edit]

Like its sister craft, VSS Enterprise, it shares its name with both a NASA spacecraft (Voyager) and fictional Star Trek starship (USS Voyager).[4]

History[edit]

The manufacture of the second SS2 aircraft began in 2012.[2] The plane's registration, N202VG, was filed in September 2014.[5] The build of Voyager is about 65 percent complete, 90 percent structurally complete, as of early November 2014, and Virgin Galactic expects it to be complete and ready to fly in 2015.[3][6] Testing is anticipated to restart in the summer of 2015.[1]

The manufacturing of the aircraft is currently vital to the success of Virgin Galactic, as the previous spacecraft (VSS "Enterprise") broke up in-flight in late October 2014 and crashed into a desert.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Luke Villapaz (5 November 2014). "Virgin Galactic Hopes To Restart SpaceShipTwo Tests In Summer 2015". International Business Times. 
  2. ^ a b c Irene Klotz (5 November 2014). "New spaceship restoring hope after Virgin Galactic crash". Reuters (SpaceDaily). 
  3. ^ a b "Virgin Galactic CEO Sees New Spacecraft Ready Next Year". Reuters (Newsweek). 2 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-02. 
  4. ^ a b "One small step for space tourism... Private spaceflight". 373. The Economist. 18 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  5. ^ "N202VG is Reserved". FAA. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  6. ^ Alan Boyle (5 November 2014). "The Next SpaceShipTwo Takes Shape in Virgin Galactic Hangar". NBC News.