Virgin Galactic’s fleet is expanding, and its second commercial spacecraft just achieved a key milestone in its build process — much faster than the first of its SpaceShipTwo vehicles did. The new SpaceShipTwo, which will join the original (named “VSS Unity”) in providing flights to space for paying tourists, is now supporting its own weight — a key achievement in the overall assembly of the vehicle.

This new SpaceShipTwo has yet to be named, but it’s about 80% complete at this stage. Meanwhile, Virgin Galactic is also flight testing VSS Unity, and it’s already begun construction on a third spacecraft to further expand its fleet — that one’s about 50% done and under construction alongside this second vehicle in the company’s Mojave, Calif. headquarters.


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