New air/spacecraft design: Three fuselages, two aircraft, mated. That there is a rendering of SpaceShipTwo connected to its WhiteKnightTwo "mothership," the crafts that will launch space tourists into their dreams.
The two aircraft take off as one, and once they reach 50,000 feet SpaceShipTwo (the single fuselage in the center) disconnects from the mothership and blasts into suborbital flight, some 68 miles above the Earth's atmosphere.
The innovative design makes use of lightweight composites, and this is no mere concept--it's 80% complete and is slated to start delivering passengers into space by 2010. Price? Two-hundred large, with a reported 85,000 interested passengers.