ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Ever wonder what goes into building the spaceships that are expected to rocket out of the New Mexico desert?
For the first time, we’re getting an up-close look at the Virgin Galactic spacecrafts that will be taking passengers out of this world.
Engineers at Virgin’s factory in the Mojave Desert are busy assembling a fleet of spacecrafts bound for New Mexico, and later, 60 miles above earth.
“What inspires me the most is the idea that space changes you, that space has this profound impact on people who can experience it and that’s not just the people who go up, but people who know the person going up,” said George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO.
The spaceship two will hold six passengers and two pilots.
Once it reaches space during flight, passengers will be allowed to get out of their seats to experience what it’s like with no gravity for six minutes.
Virgin Galactic is building five of the spacecrafts for commercial passengers.
They’re still hoping to have the first flight by the end of the year, but the project has had many delays in the past.