Can you recall the Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Mothership? News is today Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceShipOne designer, Burt Rutan, hauled back the barn doors on the novel WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier airliner. Touted as the world’s largest all carbon fused jumbo jet, the vehicle can ride at an utmost elevation of 50,000 ft and its U.S. coast-to-coast assortment will enable the spacecraft to be send out on long interval voyage. Driven by four Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines, the WhiteKnight2 is an airplane that will commence SpaceShipTwo into suborbital space.
The flight for WK2 will commence once it reaches an apposite juncture in a broad test program that has by now begun with ground tests. The flight test program will be all-inclusive even prior to SpaceShipTwo is approved as a consignment for the first time in 2009. It is being told that Richard Branson and his family will be the first one to bore the flight that will last 2.5-hours with five minutes of weightlessness before the craft reaches back to Earth.
Via Wired / CrunchGear