Abu Dhabi venture: Virgin Galactic unveils new spaceship for travel
Sir Richard Branson, Stephen Hawking, Malala Yousafzai
Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has unveiled a new spaceship by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity. Partly-owned by Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments PJS, Virgin Atlantic's SpaceShipTwo was unveiled in a ceremony in California, which included messages from renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
Similar in design to its predecessor, the VSS Enterprise, the VSS Unity is capable of transporting two pilots and up to six passengers into space. While in orbit, passengers will be able to view the Earth's curve, appreciate deep dark space and for a few moments, experience weightlessness. This will be Virgin Atlantic's second attempt at space tourism following a failed flight several years ago.
"Together, we can make space accessible in a way that has only been dreamt of before now, and by doing so can bring positive change to life on Earth," said Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson. "Our beautiful new spaceship, VSS Unity, is the embodiment of that goal and will provide us with an unprecedented body of experience, which will in turn lay the foundations for Virgin Galactic's future. Her creation is also great testament to what can be achieved when true teamwork, great skill and deep pride are combined with a common purpose."
While the timeframe to apply for a seat on the space place remains unknown, the price of one single ticket has reportedly been set at Dhs920,000. For more information, contact Virgin Galactic.