VSS Voyager

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Not to be confused with USS Voyager.
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]

SpaceShipTwo #2 was initially announced as "VSS Voyager" in 2004.[5] Like its sister craft, VSS Enterprise, it shares its name with both a NASA spacecraft (Voyager) and fictional Star Trek starship (USS Voyager).[4] The name "Voyager", as of 2014, is no longer firm, there being no official name.[6]

History[edit]

The manufacture of the second SS2 aircraft began in 2012.[2] The plane's registration, N202VG, was filed in September 2014.[7] 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][8] Testing is anticipated to restart in the summer of 2015.[1] As of April 2015, SpaceShipTwo #2 was 75% complete, [9] and testing would resume by the end of the year.[10] On 21 May 2015, the second SpaceShipTwo reached the milestone of bearing the weight of the airframe on its own wheels.[11]

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 the Mojave 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. ^ "One small step for space tourism...". The Economist. 16 December 2004. 
  6. ^ Mike Wall (5 May 2015). "Virgin Galactic's Next SpaceShipTwo Spaceliner Is Taking Shape (Photo)". Space.com. 
  7. ^ "N202VG is Reserved". FAA. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  8. ^ Alan Boyle (5 November 2014). "The Next SpaceShipTwo Takes Shape in Virgin Galactic Hangar". NBC News. 
  9. ^ Jonathan O'Callaghan (21 April 2015). "Virgin Galactic will fly again: Company prepares to test new spacecraft after fatal 2014 crash". Daily Main (London). 
  10. ^ "Virgin Galactic 'to test new craft by end of year'". The Telegraph (London). 21 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Alan Boyle (22 May 2015). "Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo 2.0 Puts 'Weight on Wheels'". NBC News.