SpaceShipThree

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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.

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The mission originally proposed for SpaceShipThree in 2005 was for orbital spaceflight, as part of a program called "Tier 2" by Scaled Composites.[1][2]

By 2008, Scaled Composites had reduced those plans and articulated a conceptual design that would be a point-to-point vehicle traveling outside the atmosphere.[3] 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).[3]

Scaled was sold to Northrop Grumman in 2007, and references to further work on a conceptual Scaled SS3 ended at some point afterwards from Scaled.

As of 2016, Richard Branson is still planning to have a point-to-point sub-orbital spaceliner follow-up to SpaceShipTwo.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SpaceShipThree poised to follow if SS2 succeeds". Flight International (FlightGlobal). 23 August 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  2. ^ Leonard David (11 August 2006). "Burt Rutan on Civilian Spaceflight, Breakthroughs, and Inside SpaceShipTwo". Space.com. 
  3. ^ a b SpaceShipThree revealed?, FlightGlobal Hyperbola, Rob Coppinger, 29 Feb 2008
  4. ^ Irene Klotz (19 February 2016). "Branson's Virgin Galactic moves to return to space race". Reuters. 

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