Our launches begin with a smooth runway takeoff before our spaceship and mothership climb together to just below 50,000 feet. Once past the thickest layers of atmosphere, our ships don’t require huge amounts of fuel to reach space. We call this energy-efficient, flight-like ride an Air-Launch.
Next, our pilot releases spaceship from mothership. The spaceship’s rocket ignites, sending the craft up to space a little over Mach 3. The colors outside the window change from blue to indigo to midnight black as you reach space and the rocket motor switches off.
Nearly 300,000 feet above Earth, the cabin becomes your playground to unbuckle and experience weightlessness. The planet peers back at you through the ship’s 17 windows as you see home for the first time. 16 cameras throughout the cabin record every moment of the experience in HD.
Preparing for re-entry, the ship’s wings raise up 60 degrees. After the ship descends to thick atmosphere, the wings are lowered and the pilot glides the spaceship to a smooth landing back on the same runway you took off from. And just like that, you’re home.