View Full Version : Space Visualization: Burt Rutan, Richard Branson 's Spaceship 2 (Virgin Galactic)

09 September 2006, 04:26 PM
"Virgin Galactic: Let the Journey Begin
Take a journey on the next generation of space travel. Credit: Virgin Galactic



09 September 2006, 06:05 PM
I've been a big Rutan fan for years. I hope Richard Branson carries through with his proposals for Virgin Galactic and this doesn't all fall by the wayside as the years progress. Virtually none of the other contestants from the Ansari contest ever got off the ground.
That and I don't think Paul Allen would ever enter the air/space transport biz. Keeping my fingers crossed Rutans dream vision comes to be.

09 September 2006, 06:29 PM
I realy hope this works. I'd love to see that view once in my life before i die. If it gets close to $10.000 bucks a ticket, i'm in!

Its funny, for that distance we don't pay anymore than $1000 for a horizontal flight. Things however get so complicated when you try to break away from the gravitational field!

09 September 2006, 07:07 PM
Wow, space travelers sure are in good shape. I hope those Syd Mead-esque helmets have vomit-syphoning devices in them. Don't something like 70% of all astronauts get sick on their first flight? And I imagine the interior of the cabin will be slightly less roomy than in this movie - something more like a 6-seat Cessna.

Pretty cool animation, though, even if overly long. And the sound design was just plain cheesey.

09 September 2006, 07:11 PM
Aparently the interior will be quite big

Here are some photos of the mockup.
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BTW they start test flights in a YEAR.


09 September 2006, 07:41 PM
I didn't realise how much bigger spaceship 2 is compared to spaceship 1 - thats quite a difefrence! I'm guessing White Knight's going to much bigger than the old version as well.

It's nice to live in an age where this is a reality. I know Rutan is working on an actual orbital vehicle, but I imagine its going to be a while before we see any info on that.

09 September 2006, 07:44 PM
It's nice to live in an age where this is a reality. I know Rutan is working on an actual orbital vehicle, but I imagine its going to be a while before we see any info on that.

Considering how FAST Rutan works ( I mean come on, he left everyone who participated in the X-prize biting his dust) I would venture to say we will see something soon.


09 September 2006, 07:59 PM
If Virgin Galactic proves that they can deliver a working product for a market that actually is turning in profit and thus able to sustain itself, while having a matured client base, that doesn't retreat in horror after the first lethal "accident" will happen, we hopefully won't be too surprised, when the traditional aircraft industry opens the dusty drawers while jumping the bandwagon! ;)

On a different note:
For the case that we approach that century, in which our children might get used to inter-orbital flights, and thus thousands if not millions ppl might have experienced zero-g, I am really curious if maybe some kind of yet unknown "zero-g sicknesses" might appear? :)

09 September 2006, 08:48 PM
More photos from the interior...

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09 September 2006, 09:55 PM
This is truly a good time to be a space geek:

-Virgin Galactic / SpaceShipTwo
-SpaceX / Dragon / COTS (
-Bigelow's inflatable modules (
-NASA's project Constellation / Orion (

09 September 2006, 03:52 PM
Does anyone know how much would you have to pay to get on board?

edit: Nevermind, i just found it. $200.000! :scream: hmm... I guess its not for mere mortals yet.

09 September 2006, 02:37 AM
More pics:
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09 September 2006, 03:50 AM
Having to wear the space suit would be disappointing. It suggests they aren't confident in the cabin pressure.

10 October 2006, 01:00 PM
Here are some more cg renderings..

Any idea who did this work?


12 December 2006, 10:03 PM
Hi - the suit and helmet were for the purpose of 'ease of animation' as we didn't have much time to start modelling and texturing people.

Although there will be some kind of suit for the flight, it's likely to be more of a uniform than an actual safety protocall - remember these people are paying 200k, they'll want to feel like astronauts!

The cabin size and shape is pretty accurate in the anim - obviously we had some ITAR restrictions which prevented us from using the actual cabin geom.

I've posted some larger rez versions of the pics in my portfolio if you fancy a look...


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