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Old 07-28-2008, 01:54 PM
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Space plane’s mothership makes a splash

Rollout comes four years after first private-sector round trip to space

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Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson, right, celebrates the naming of mothership aircraft White Knight Two "Eve" after his mother Eve Branson, left, at Scaled Composites hangar in Mojave, Calif.



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MOJAVE, Calif. - British billionaire Richard Branson showed off a key piece of his fledgling commercial space program Monday, unveiling a carrier aircraft designed to launch a passenger-carrying spaceship.
A crowd of engineers, dignitaries and space enthusiasts gathered inside a Mojave Desert hangar for the unveiling countdown. As the hangar door flew open, White Knight Two appeared outside under the sunny desert sky with Branson and American aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan waving from the cabin.
White Knight Two, billed as the world's largest all-carbon-composite aircraft, is "one of the most beautiful and extraordinary aviation vehicles ever developed," Branson said.
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:48 AM
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When we see the first few trips, I'll be convinced.
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how much is a round trip ticket?

will there be nifty zero grav meals and toilets like on "2001"?
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If I ever have a spare $100,000 dollars and the first year goes without incident, sign me up!!
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