Virgin Galactic unveils space cabin design including ‘astronaut float zone’

Virgin Galactic has unveiled the design of its space cabin – including an "unrestricted astronaut float zone" when in zero gravity.

Billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin, said the cabin was designed "to allow thousands of people... to achieve the dream of spaceflight safely".

The company unveiled the plans, which include individually sized reclining seats with "G-Force management" and automated mood lighting.

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EMBARGOED TO 1800 BST TUESDAY JULY 28 Undated handout artist impression issued by Virgin Galactic of the design of its space cabin - including an "unrestricted astronaut float zone" when in zero gravity. The company unveiled the plans, which include individually sized reclining seats with "G-Force management" and automated mood lighting.
Undated handout artist impression issued by Virgin Galactic of the design of its space cabin - including an "unrestricted astronaut float zone" when in zero gravity. The company unveiled the plans, which include individually sized reclining seats with "G-Force management" and automated mood lighting.
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Undated handout artist impression issued by Virgin Galactic of the design of its space cabin - including an "unrestricted astronaut float zone" when in zero gravity. The company unveiled the plans, which include individually sized reclining seats with "G-Force management" and automated mood lighting.
EMBARGOED TO 1800 BST TUESDAY JULY 28 Undated handout artist impression issued by Virgin Galactic of the design of its space cabin - including an "unrestricted astronaut float zone" when in zero gravity. The company unveiled the plans, which include individually sized reclining seats with "G-Force management" and automated mood lighting.
EMBARGOED TO 1800 BST TUESDAY JULY 28 Undated handout artist impression issued by Virgin Galactic of the design of its space cabin - including an "unrestricted astronaut float zone" when in zero gravity. The company unveiled the plans, which include individually sized reclining seats with "G-Force management" and automated mood lighting.
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MOJAVE, CA - APRIL 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SUBJECT SPECIFIC TV BROADCAST DOCUMENTARIES OR BOOK USE) Flight preparations are made to Wk2 and SS2 prior to the first powered flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013 in Mojave, California. SpaceShipTwo is a private enterprise aircraft, designed to carry paying passengers into space. The spacecraft was dropped from the mothership at high altitude and fired it's engine for a approximate 16-second burn taking the craft through the sound barrier. The hybrid rocket motor is fueled by nitrous oxide and a rubber propellent combination. The motor can be "shut down" at any time for safety and flight requirement purposes. (Photo by Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic/Getty Images)
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Virgin Galactic also said the cabin was designed specifically to allow for an "out-of-seat weightless experience" by including soft cabin surfaces and window edges.

There are also plans for a "large circular mirror" which would allow customers to view themselves floating in zero gravity.

After the plans were announced, Sir Richard said: "When we created Virgin Galactic, we started with what we believed would be an optimal customer experience and then built the spaceship around it.

"We will continue with that ethos as we expand our fleet, build our operations and underpin Virgin Galactic's position as the spaceline for Earth.

"This cabin has been designed specifically to allow thousands of people like you and me to achieve the dream of spaceflight safely – and that is incredibly exciting."

Michael Colglazier, chief executive of Virgin Galactic, said: "The spaceship cabin interior is in many ways the design centrepiece of the astronaut journey, and what has been created will both facilitate and elevate a uniquely profound and transformational journey for the thousands who will fly.

"The fascination with spaceflight is universal and Virgin Galactic is here to satisfy it.

"We are particularly proud to be able to share this latest milestone with millions around the world, particularly during these unusual times.

"We hope the new app, with cutting-edge AR technology, will help bring the dream of space one step closer for space enthusiasts everywhere."

Virgin Galactic also released an "augmented reality enabled" mobile app, showcasing the cabin design and spaceflight experience.

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