Virgin Galactic to Unveil Subsequent SpaceShipTwo in February

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo might be revealed to the world subsequent month — and Stephen Hawking is invited to the ceremony.

The earlier SpaceShipTwo crashed in 2014 after its "feathering" system was deployed prematurely, leaving one pilot lifeless and the opposite injured. The accident hasn’t stopped Virgin Galactic from constructing rocket planes, which might at some point ferry vacationers into area.

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SpaceShipTwo will make its public debut on February 19 on the Mojave Air and Area Port in California, Virgin Galactic confirmed to NBC Information. The visitor of honor? Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who has agreed to attend the revealing, offered he’s wholesome sufficient.

Hawking took a zero-gravity flight in 2007, regardless of affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) since he was 21 years previous. Lately, he has been pressured to cancel public appearances because of well being considerations.

Hawking is the one individual assured a free ticket on Virgin Galactic’s first flight, and will enterprise into area if "his well being permits it."

"All of us want Stephen the easiest as he continues his restoration from current well being points," Virgin Galactic stated. "We’re very honoured that Stephen has agreed to assist us unveil our new spaceship in February if he’s feeling nicely sufficient."