Virgin Galactic's, starry eyed boss, Sir Richard Branson, introduces the company's second spaceship, logically named SpaceShipTwo, and shares a behind-the-scenes video, that provides an insight into the ingenuity and dedication involved in making the sub-orbital craft. 

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic prepares for take-off

The ship is designed to reach the edge of space at an altitude of 100 kilometres, before returning to Earth. More than 700 individuals have signed up to pay around $250,000 for a ticket, despite recent hitches. 

Virgin Galactic has suffered some setbacks lately, involving failed flight attempts and even a fatal crash that killed the test pilot of the first test flight last October. 

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic prepares for take-off

Virgin's announcement of the new phase for Virgin Galactic began: "Despite the challenges of last year, we are undeterred in our commitment to achieving our goals. Virgin Galactic is not just about taking people up to space, but also about connecting space to Earth. We believe that exploring space will make life better on Earth – a broader perspective is crucial to solving our planet's greatest challenges." 

Richard Branson went on the assert that all necessary safety updates are being paid special attention, employing all measures to make SpaceShipTwo as secure as possible. 

Although Virgin Galactic services have been delayed numerous times, the website spaceflightnow.com reports that the new rocket is "expected to fly later this year" and that the organisation was aiming to start tourist flights to the edge of space in 2016.

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic prepares for take-off

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic prepares for take-off