Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company have announced new milestones in the assembly of the primary structures for the second SpaceShipTwo in its fleet. A sister to USS Unity, the yet-unnamed vehicle is set to launch customers into suborbital space in the 2020s. USS Unity is being prepared for that first customer flight, although the start date for commercial operation is yet to be revealed.
The company announced Tuesday that it has successfully mated the fuselage and cabin to the completed wing assembly. Also, the two tail booms have been mated to the spaceship’s rear feather flap assembly.
The part fabrication of the wing, fuselage, cabin, nose and feather flap primary structures is also now complete.
These are two major milestones in the primary structure integration flow, allowing the vehicle to continue to press towards outfitting operations.
The second SpaceShipTwo under construction – Credit: Virgin Galactic & The Spaceship Company
“Our passionate and talented team has made great progress on the next SpaceShipTwo. Seeing VSS Unity adjacent to the assembly of the next vehicle as well as the cabin of our third spaceship makes it very clear that we are building a fleet of remarkable spaceplanes for commercial service,” said ...