- Silver plated diecast model
- Stand included
- Measures approx.: 3.5” L x 1.5” W
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors. Not a toy
The Scaled Composites Model 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is an air-launched suborbital spaceplane type designed for space tourism. It is manufactured by The Spaceship Company, a California-based company owned by Virgin Galactic Holdings.
SpaceShipTwo is carried to its launch altitude by White Knight Two, before being released to fly on into the upper atmosphere powered by its rocket motor. It then glides back to Earth and performs a conventional runway landing. The spaceship was officially unveiled to the public on 7 December 2009 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. On 29 April 2013, after nearly three years of unpowered testing, the first one constructed successfully performed its first powered test flight.
Virgin Galactic plans to operate a fleet of five SpaceShipTwo spaceplanes in a private passenger-carrying service and has been taking bookings for some time, with a suborbital flight carrying an updated ticket price of US$250,000.The spaceplane could also be used to carry scientific payloads for NASA and other organizations.
On 31 October 2014, during a test flight, the first SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise broke up in flight and crashed in the Mojave desert. A preliminary investigation suggested that the craft's descent device deployed too early. One pilot was killed; the other was treated for a serious shoulder injury after parachuting from the stricken spacecraft.
The second SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, VSS Unity, was unveiled on 19 February 2016. The vehicle is undergoing flight testing. Its first flight to space (above 50 miles altitude), took place on 13 December 2018. The third and fourth SpaceShipTwo spaceplanes are in production.
Virgin Galactic expects to enter commercial service in 2020.
This Atlas Editions Silver Classics model represents Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two form 2010.