ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Virgin Galactic engineering teams are putting the final touches on SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial passenger rocket being built to fly tourists to suborbit from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.
The company is now finishing the rocket’s interior cabin, where customers will be strapped in for the flight to space before unbuckling to float in microgravity and take in spectacular views of the Earth’s curvature.
The spaceship itself, called the VSS Unity, is complete, having already flown two times to space since December. The interior work now underway is mostly to reinforce safety and create design features to enhance customer experience when commercial flights begin, said Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides.
“We’re putting a lot of effort into the seats and associated hardware,” Whitesides said. “We’re also working on the liners on the vehicle’s cabin walls to add some special touches in design that will make the whole journey a thoughtful experience. It’s generally all safety and experience-centered work now to provide an amazing experience for our astronauts.”