The Spaceship Company finishes facility in Mojave

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    An $8 million production facility for commercial space crafts was completed in California's Mojave Desert. The plant is anticipated to start work on manufacturing a fleet of spaceships by the end of September. The center will add 200 jobs to the region.


    A fleet of spaceships



    The FAITH, or Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hanger, center is 68,000 square feet and belongs to the Spacecraft Company. This company is a group including Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, of California and Scaled Composites. The company plans to build a fleet of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnight space vehicles, designed specifically for commercial travel.



    It is anticipated that the flights will be launched from Brand new Mexico, although there is no dates as to when the flights will start occurring.



    All about SpaceShipTwo



    SpaceShipTwo came from SpaceShipOne, which was a prototype. That prototype was designed by Burt Rutan. That craft won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize. In 2004 it became the first privately financed craft to leave the Earth's atmosphere.



    SpaceShipTwo, however, has yet to be tested in a powered flight. Unpowered glider flights are the only tests the craft has gone through. There will be key powered tests soon. That is expected to occur before the year is up.




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    This is great! It shows confidence in their endeavor and their end goal. It also adds flexibility to the commercial space effort.
     

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