source: Virgin Galactic
Space travel. Space tourism. It has been on the news and on peoples minds more recently. And we are getting closer by the day.
Imagine traveling to space like you would travel to New York Beijing, Tokyo or Sydney?
So who would you fly with?
If you were to look through Virgin Galatic’s website, you will see they attempt to address the key questions that we may ask in the form of purpose. Here are some of the reasons:
Virgin Galactic recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space.
Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology.
From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space it is clear that there is much more that unites than divides us.
Throughout history, the urge to see what lies just over the horizon has led us to find new places to settle, helped us identify new resources, and taught us new skills to overcome complex challenges.
As a global community, we will grow and evolve only through continuing to explore the unknown.
The exploration of space is the ultimate expression of the human desire to push boundaries and stands at the pinnacle of our species’ achievements. Not just for the ingenuity required, but for the fact that without it, modern life would be unrecognizable.
InspirationThere is little that compares to the sense of awe that takes hold as we raise our eyes to the night sky.Despite the fact that millions of people would love to experience space, fewer than 600 have been given that opportunity. And despite there being a common understanding of the benefits of space-based research, there are still few scientists who have the chance to reap its benefits. It was this that inspired the creation of Virgin Galactic.
Virgin Galactic operates the reusable SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system. This consists of WhiteKnightTwo, a custom-built, carrier aircraft, and SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first passenger carrying spaceship to be built by a private company and operated in commercial service.
The first Virgin Galactic spaceship to enter service is VSS Unity. Built by The Spaceship Company, Unity and her sister spaceships will, for the first time, offer everyone the opportunity to become private astronauts and experience the wonder of space for themselves. Our spaceships will also offer the research community a unique platform for space-based science.
We are at the vanguard of a new industry, pioneering the next generation of reusable space vehicles. We aim to transform the current cost, safety and environmental impact of space-launch.
In doing so we are helping to create, for the first time, a basic space access infrastructure that will act as an enabler for scientists and entrepreneurs. It will also provide the catalyst for a new age of space exploration which promises enormous positive potential for life on Earth.
THE FOUNDATIONS OF A NEW INDUSTRY
Our first commercial spaceflights will be of an unprecedented frequency, generating the benefits of rapid learning and improvement.
By repeatedly demonstrating high levels of safety, unparalleled customer experience and commercial viability, we will create the conditions for more private sector investment, leading to rapid innovation and expansion.
The resulting economies of scale and competing technologies will lead to further downward pressure on the cost of launch – enabling an ever-increasing number of users with diverse, world-changing applications.
“We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.“
George Whitesides, CEO Virgin Galactic
“Space is not only important for the future of transportation, it’s important for the future of imagination.”
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