Vascular Unity spaceliner Virgin Galactic acquired this view of the Earth during the first vehicle journey in space, on December 13, 2018.
Credit: Virgin Galactic
Virgin Galactic wants to make the world a better place by giving more people some perspective.
Representatives of the company have voiced a strong belief in "impact on the overview." That is the idea that the real world view, a gorgeous but lonely sky of life that is worsening in a seemingly ineffective world, initially changes the way people think about their home in world.
As many NASA astronauts have been mentioned over the years, viewing can be of greater importance to the ecological well-being of the planet and to become a unifying force for mankind, reminding people that boundary lines to divide them into arbitrary constructions. "The more people who see the Earth from above, the more changes you can make on Earth," said Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses Thursday (February 8) at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
"You take space back home to you, and to give people that perspective on a wider swath than we used to before – I think that's the future, "added Moses.
He spoke at a ceremony that donated a donation to RocketMotorTwo's National Air and Space Museum, powered by the newest VirginSsactic SpaceShipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity, in his first suborbital space trip last December.
That test flight on December 13, piloted by Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow, was the first mission to launch space from the US ground since NASA retreated in his shuttle space in July 2011. The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the Stucky and Sturckow commercial astronaut wings for victory on Thursday, at a different ceremony to be held at the Washington Department of Transportation.
(NASA currently relies on Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecraft to get US astronauts to and from International Space Station, but it should be changed as soon as possible SpaceX and Boeing are scheduled to fly crewed test missions to the orbiting lab in thei r private vehicles this summer.)
Six SpaceShipTwo passengers are designed to pay of customers and scientific payloads on short trips to suborbital space. The winged car is carried by a modified plane named WhiteKnightTwo and drops to an altitude of approximately 50,000 feet (15,000 meters). SpaceShipTwo's rocketcraft was replaced, strengthening the steamer towards the final frontier.
SpaceShipTwo ride currently sells $ 250,000. More than 600 people have deposited for a seat, said representatives of Virgin Galactic. But the company aims to reach more people than that, and the December 13 milestone indicates that such bold ambitions are not far, said Moses, who served as the launching manager for the Space Shuttle program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center from 2008 to 2011.
"I think from a future perspective, we're right at that point of the tone change, the kind where we start to see a test flight suddenly being five or six or 10. And then commercial flights, and they will go from one to five to six to 5,000 to hundreds of thousands, "he said. "Our future here is to open space to everyone and let everyone have a chance to go experience space, look at Earth from above."
We can get the first look in the future as soon as possible. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said he expected SpaceShipTwo commercial operations to begin in the middle of this year. Branson repeatedly said he would board the first commercial flight of the vehicle.
Virgin Galactic is not only a big player in suborbital-tourism business. Blue Origin, which is run by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, generates a rocket-capsule combo called New Shepard to get people and payloads in suborbital space and back. The new flight of Shepard may start earlier this year if everything is good, the company's representatives said.
Mike Wall's book about searching for foreign life, "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; Karl Tate), is now. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall . Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook. Originally published at Space.com.