An up-close look at NM-bound spacecrafts


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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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