Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, First Commercial Spacecraft, Unveiled In CA

In This Photo: Richard Branson, Burt Rutan
Burt Rutan (L) and Sir Richard Branson attend as Virgin Galactic unveils its new SpaceShipTwo spacecraft at the Mojave Spaceport on December 7, 2009 near Mojave, California. The eight-person VSS Enterprise, named after the Star Trek ship of the same name, is the first of a series of space-planes for customers of Virgin Galactic who have paid around $200,000 for a suborbital flight into space. British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson is financing the spacecraft and aerospace designer Burt Rutan is building it through The Spaceship Company, a joint venture of Scaled Composites and Virgin Group.
(Dec. 6, 2009 - Source: David McNew/Getty Images North America)
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