Virgin Galactic’s race to become the first major private space tourism company just got closer to reality. After more than three years of construction, Richard Branson’s company is expected to unveil a new spaceship Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. It will be a replacement for the one that crashed in 2014 killing a test pilot.
In a press release Thursday, the company called the new craft by the same name as the one that crashed: SpaceShipTwo. And Virgin Galactic said that because of that crash, much more testing will be done before SpaceShipTwo takes a solo flight: