The future is almost upon us. Richard Branson’s space enterprise initiative, Virgin Galactic, has released images of what to expect from the cabin interiors. Launched in 2004, Virgin Galactic is finally creeping closer to becoming the first spacecraft made available to buying customers.
It comes at a pretty penny, however, with price estimates circulating around the $200,000 mark. Preparing the first-ever commercial spacecraft is no easy feat, so it’s taking time to realize. But there’s one clear goal in sight for Richard which, in his own words, is to see Virgin Galactic become the “Spaceline for Earth.”
What $200,000 Will Get You
Take a look inside the cabin of the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity. The cabin is built for six passengers, so they’ll be no leg room complaints here. Each passenger will also have two personal windows, one of which will provide a view of planet Earth. As you can see, belts are a must – not just for passenger safety, but also hold people in their seats when they experience weightlessness.
The cabin interior is clean and minimalistic, in keeping with what you might expect from the future of travel. The color palette is light and uncomplicated in order to heighten the spectacular views. Virgin Galactic claim to be “experience focused” in their exciting space venture: “This cabin has been designed specifically to allow thousands of people like you and me to achieve the dream of spaceflight safely – and that is incredibly exciting,” Richard explained.
According to Virgin Galactic, “The golden metallics resemble luminous desert sands, blues conjure celestial spaces and teals inspired by the ocean ground travelers back to Earth.” The seats themselves will be made of high-grade aluminum and carbon-fiber, allowing for reduced weight and robustness. And specially-engineered foam and textiles are being developed by sports apparel manufacturer Under Armour, who are utilizing 3D knit technology.
Suited and Booted for the Galaxy
And what will passengers be wearing? Under Armour also teamed up with Vrigin Galactic to create efficient and stylish space suits for the passengers. But these outfits have a uniqe purpose in mind. Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut trainer Beth Moses explained: “The big difference between suits of the past and this suit is that those suits were to perform a task, and this suit is to enjoy and savor space on your own terms, in a bespoke way.”
Expect not just one item, but several that make up the spacesuit. There are base layers for your top and bottom half, an outer one piece, and a flight jacket. They’re all designed to encourage blood flow in the face of zero-gravity and G-force. And don’t worry, it’s all complimentary to spacecraft passengers. That is, once you’ve parted with the $200k.