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Harvey Wallbanger

Start saving up for your space tickets!

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It's fucking on.

 

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Virgin Galactic is set to unveil SpaceShipTwo (SS2), the world's first commercial manned spaceship.

 

Sir Richard Branson and Burt Rutan, the designer of SpaceShipOne (SS1) will reveal the spaceship for the first time tonight.

 

Daily space tourism flights are set to begin in New Mexico from Spaceport America following the completion of test programming and US government licensing.

 

Thousands of private astronauts will be heading to space once the testing and licensing is finished, with up to six passenger astronauts on each trip.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic, commented: "This is truly a momentous day. The team has created not only a world first but also a work of art.

 

"The unveil of SS2 takes the Virgin Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible evidence that this ambitious project is not only moving rapidly, but also making tremendous progress towards our goal of safe commercial operation."

Burt Rutan, Founder of Scaled Composites, added: "All of us at Scaled are tremendously excited by the capabilities of both the mothership and SS2.

 

"Today is the culmination of a dream that began many decades ago, was stimulated by Paul Allen’s funding of our X-Prize winning SS1 and then moved forward to commercial reality by Sir Richard and Virgin’s visionary investment in a new future for space transportation."

 

In 2004, SS1 was successfully launched and went on to win the Ansari X-Prize for completing the world’s first manned private space flights.

 

 

More flicks from Boingboing:

 

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/fuckinghypedonspacetravel

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Well I scoured the Mickey Factz advert so I'm esspectin a first class baller status boarding pass with coke lines pre made placed on an all ivory table. Make it happen. But. I can settle for a cheeseburger.

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To be a downer, you'd only experience zero gravity for about 5 minutes. So it's not real space travel.

 

 

 

 

Which is why I must take my astronaut training all the more seriously.

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how much does this shit cost? remember when that dude from NSYNC or something tried to get his fans to give him money so he could afford to fly into space and he didnt get enough?

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Just like I wait a few years to buy electronics, so they get cheaper and more stable.

 

 

So shall I, on this.

 

 

Someone's gonna' spend too much to die horribly.

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Just like I wait a few years to buy electronics, so they get cheaper and more stable.

 

 

So shall I, on this.

 

 

Someone's gonna' spend too much to die horribly.

 

 

^this:D

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To be a downer, you'd only experience zero gravity for about 5 minutes. So it's not real space travel.

 

 

 

 

Are you sure you're thinking of the rides that are currently available, where you don't actually leave the stratosphere-- they just fly up really high, then go into a freefall for a couple of minutes of "weightlessness"?

 

I think these dudes are talking real deal space travel though.

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