SpaceShipTwo Sports New Look as Whitesides Reaffirms 2014 Commercial Launch Date

Credit: Douglas Messier
Credit: Douglas Messier

UPDATE: The reflective coating is Kapton. Virgin Galactic just Tweeted it. There is a flight this morning.

SpaceShipTwo was outside on the ramp at the Mojave Air and Space Port on Monday, slung under its WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and sporting some blast-from-the-past modifications that appear to be right out of the Eisenhower era.

Meanwhile, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides has been in the United Kingdom, where he said that the company is “on track” for the start of commercial spaceflights despite the relatively slow pace of SpaceShipTwo flight test program.