VSS Imagine is the new space company Virgin Galactic vehicle, of the SpaceShip III generation, designed for space tourism.
The design has changed somewhat if we compare it with the previous models, in fact this one is extremely bright, it has a surface designed to reflect heaven and earth, which can give a surprising effect as you go up to the almost 100 km that you have planned.
In addition to providing thermal protection, this dynamic material is naturally attractive to the human eye, reflecting our inherent human fascination with space and the transformative experience of space flight.
The goal remains to offer ‘affordable space tourism’, with about 400 flights per year so customers can skim through space just like the company’s VSS Unity spacecraft did in 2019, which reached 89.9 km altitude.
This new generation is designed to allow more flights to be launched per year, but it is not the last we will see this decade, since Virgin Galactic has commented that they continue to work to improve designs and lower the prices of the trip to space.
VSS Imagine will begin ground testing, with glide flights planned for this summer from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The first flight will take place in May of this year, 2021.
You can see more photos and get the presentation document on their website virgingalactic.com