A SpaceShipTwo experiments package. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

A Closer Look at SpaceShipTwo’s Microgravity Research Capabilities

Posted by Doug Messier on February 5, 2013, at 5:41 am

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

With all the attention given to Virgin Galactic’s impressive list of famous future space tourists (Ashton Kutcher! Richard Branson! Branson’s kids!), SpaceShipTwo’s impressive research capabilities for microgravity experiments have been largely overlooked.

According to SpaceShipTwo’s Payload Users Guide, the vehicle will be capable of carrying up to 1,300 lbs. (600 kg) of experiments into space, where they will experience 3 to 4 minutes of high-quality microgravity in a pressurized, shirt-sleeve environment. Small experiments can also be mounted on the exterior of the vehicle.

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