Photo by Phil Weston
Staff preps the WhiteKnightTwo for departure this morning.
August 1, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Virgin Galactic's mother ship WhiteKnightTwo
will depart Oshkosh at about 10 a.m. today, after making its world public
debut at EAA AirVenture earlier in the week.
The space launch vehicle, also nicknamed
Eve, arrived as part of the opening-day air show.
Dwarfing its namesake predecessor,
WhiteKnightTwo is the world's largest all carbon composite flying vehicle.
The 140-foot wingspan is the longest single carbon composite aviation
component ever manufactured. The launch vehicle's mission will include
ferrying SpaceShipTwo and thousands of private astronauts, science
packages, and payload on the first stage of the Virgin Galactic suborbital
Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin
Galactic, said that test flights of VMS Eve carrying SpaceShipTwo will be
conducted during the second half of 2009.