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Virgin Galactic reveals space tourism interior

In the coming years, founded by the Britishbillionaire Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic wants to make tourist travel into space an affordable entertainment. Anyone with several hundred thousand dollars with him will be able to board the VSS Unity spacecraft and look at our planet from a height of 100 kilometers, as well as experience zero gravity. At the end of the approximately two-hour journey, the flight participants will receive photos of their best moments. The first tourist flight was planned for mid-2020, but this has not happened yet. But, as part of an online event, Virgin Galactic showed the public the interior of the VSS Unity spacecraft. In short, everything looks futuristic and the designers tried to do “everything for people”. Representatives of the company assure that they have thought through everything to the smallest detail, down to the recesses in the backs of the chairs for people with hair gathered in a ponytail.

The interior of the Virgin Galactic cruise ship looks futuristic

Space tourism on VSS Unity

The VSS Unity spacecraft was introduced in2016 - the name "Unity" was invented by the famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Since then, the device has gone through many tests, one of which was carried out relatively recently, in early May 2020. Then he climbed to an altitude of 15.2 kilometers using the carrier aircraft VMS Eve, separated from him and successfully landed at the spaceport of the American state of New Mexico. Probably, this is how tourist flights will take place: the ship will rise to a great height using a carrier aircraft, fly around the planet for about two hours and land.

The carrier aircraft VMS Eve is named after Richard Branson's mother, Eva Branson

No more than six can go on one flighta person, not counting two pilots. The flight participants will be not only the rich, eager for new experiences, but also scientists - the company will accept orders for flights, within which scientific research will be carried out. In June 2020, it became known that some tourists will even be able to take a tour of the International Space Station. The cost of space travel was previously estimated at 250 thousand dollars, which at the current exchange rate is more than 18 millionrubles. Very expensive entertainment, but 600 people have already paid a deposit of $ 1000 for the flight. First of all, Richard Branson himself will fly into space, but when this will happen is unknown.

Russia is also trying to develop space tourism. The first commercial tourism launch is due in 2025

Spaceship from the inside

How the interior of a spaceship looks likeUSS Unity, was shown online. Some journalists were able to enjoy the views using the Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets, while everyone else was able to stream on YouTube.

USS Unity ship seats

During travel, the chairs change theirposition to provide people with a better view of everything that happens outside the ship. There is an LCD display on the back of each seat so that the person sitting in the back can see information about flight speed, altitude, G-level and other indicators. If necessary, several chairs can be removed and replaced with scientific research equipment.

On the left is the scientific equipment

To securely fix each passenger, seatequipped with five seat belts with common fastening. During the flight, people will be able to unhook from the seats and experience weightlessness - the belts will be pulled into the seats so that passengers do not cling to them.

And here are the seat belts and the information display

Consider everything that happens outsideship, it will be possible through 12 windows. The entire interior surface of the cabin is covered with soft material so that passengers do not have even the slightest chance of injury. The lighting level will change depending on the situation - when it gets dark, the lights will turn on more strongly.

Location of portholes inside the ship

Also in the cabin there are many cameras,which will record the brightest moments of the flight - for example, the first reaction of passengers to the view of the Earth from space. The company also said that they installed the largest mirror ever installed in a spacecraft inside USS Unity. It is designed so that travelers can see what tricks they can do in zero gravity.

The cockpit is equipped with a large mirror that allows people to see themselves in zero gravity, the company said on Twitter.

Some of the photos and videos can be obtainedimmediately after the flight, and everything else - after a while. Perhaps the company wants to create beautiful videos and give travelers small films with their participation. But this is only a guess so far.

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The first tourist flights into space

Basically, this is all that Virgin managed to show.Galactic for a half hour broadcast. It is not known when the first flight will take place. So far, only one thing is clear - before this event, the company will conduct several more tests of the ship. No matter how cool the interior of the ship looks, people's lives are above all.

I wonder if Elon Musk will show the interior of the Big Falcon Rocket?

In addition to Virgin Galactic, the development of spacetourism wants to do and SpaceX. Elon Musk's company already has a Big Falcon Rocket suitable for this and even the first traveler, the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. He recently launched the television show Full Moon Lovers, in which he is looking for a girlfriend for space travel. It would be cool if, before this event, SpaceX also showed the interior of its ship - it would be something to compare with.