Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, is building five SpaceShipTwo's and two VMS Eve motherships.
The team has recently completed two major milestones in putting together our second spaceship, which is expected to enter service after VSS Unity completes its flight test programme. The fuselage (the body) and the cabin have been moved to the completed wing assembly, and the tail booms have been mated to the rear feather flap assembly. It’s all coming together!
I find it so fascinating to see how spaceships are built and I love visiting FAITH (the Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hangar) to check in on progress. They are assembled in a modular fashion, with the cabin, fuselage, wing and feather assemblies built at the same time and then put together.
The build of the third spaceship for Virgin Galactic is also underway, with a completed cabin. Right now the team is focused on making the parts for that spaceship, with assembly starting next year.
It’s so exciting to imagine our fleet of spaceships flying people to space from Spaceport America in New Mexico.