Inside The Virgin Galactic Spacecraft That Will Take Tourists To Space
Travel enthusiasts and aspiring astronauts have a new aircraft to add to their bucket list––Virgin Galactic has revealed the cabin interior of its highly anticipated SpaceshipTwo vehicle live on YouTube yesterday.
“In just my second week as Virgin Galactic’s CEO, it is with great pride that I can lead our talented teams in revealing this latest milestone in our journey to space,” Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic said in a press release. “The spaceship cabin interior is in many ways the design centrepiece of the astronaut journey and what has been created will both facilitate and elevate a uniquely profound and transformational journey for the thousands who will fly.”
The spacecraft itself was built in collaboration with London design agency, Seymourpowell, to include a sense of safety without distraction, so travellers can focus on “absorbing periods of sensory intensity” while offering each traveler a level of intimacy required to fully absorb the unforgettable experience.
In terms of aesthetics, the color palette of the cabin was curated to complement the architecture of the seats, the spacecraft itself, and the Under Armour-made astronaut spacesuits, with the golden metallics made to resemble desert sands and blues inspired by the celestial spaces and oceans below.
The seats have been made to match the dynamism of the flight, with a built-in, pilot-controlled recline mechanism which will position astronauts to manage G-forces during takeoff and landing phases while also freeing up space to allow for travelers to float through the cabin in zero gravity zones.
“When we created Virgin Galactic, we started with what we believed would be an optimal customer experience and then built the spaceship around it,” said Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, adding that, ‘we will continue with that ethos as we expand our fleet, build our operations and underpin Virgin Galactic’s position as the Spaceline for Earth.”
The event also noted that the latest milestone will be available on a new, cutting-edge augmented reality enabled mobile app, which will be available to download for free at the App Store and Play Store before space tourists will officially be able to take off. “We hope the new app will help bring the dream of space one step closer for space enthusiasts everywhere,” added Colglazier.
Aspiring astronauts and space enthusiasts can now reserve front of the line access to the newly released spaceflight roundtrip for a US$1,000 deposit. For more information or to reserve your seat, be sure to check out the official Virgin Galactic website.
See also: Tatler's Guide to Going to Outer Space