Scaled Composites WhiteKnightTwo Photo Gallery

Space tourism has liftoff

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In July, Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic unveiled WhiteKnightTwo, the workhorse of their burgeoning suborbital-tourism business.
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WhiteKnightTwo is designed to carry a smaller craft, SpaceShipTwo, up to 48,000 feet and release it so it can fire up its rockets and carry paying passengers to the edge of space and back.
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Space-tourism hype aside, WhiteKnightTwo is an engineering marvel—with the wingspan of a B-29 bomber, it's the largest all-carbon-fiber aircraft ever built.
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A rendering of the full WhiteKnightTwo-SpaceShipTwo combo, which Virgin Galactic hopes will start carrying tourists to space in 2010.