Seymourpowell design conceptual interior of Virgin Galactic space tourist craft.
A full-scale conceptual mock-up of the interior of Virgin Galactics VSS (Virgin SpaceShip) Enterprise, the Virgin Groups frontier-breaking spacecraft, was revealed exclusively at New Yorks WIRED NextFest event.
Displayed within the context of a scaled-up SpaceShipOne, the conceptual interior of the new spaceship was designed by leading British product designers Seymourpowell.
Richard Branson called the launch a new era in the history of space travel.
Designed ultra-ergonomically to ensure maximum comfort, space and visibility for each group of two pilots and six consumer astronauts on each individual mission, the spaceships interior will feature a 6-passenger-seater cabin, where specially-designed seats (in three rows of two) will move from their 60 degree upright angle for take-off and flight to an almost-horizontal submarined angle as the astronauts become free to move around the cabin, experiencing the wonders of zero gravity. The astronauts then come back to their seats in the submarined position as they re-enter the earths atmosphere, at which point the seats return once again to the upright position.
The conceptual interior has been designed by Seymourpowell to explore ways of maximising cabin space for the most exhilarating zero gravity experience. There are also fifteen windows in total in the mock-up craft, including floor windows for the best possible views of the earth (with integral hand holds for the period of weightlessness). Passengers will be able to watch, during their ascent, as the cobalt blue sky turns to mauve, indigo and eventually to black, even though it will still be daytime! The ultimate view of the earth will be over a thousand miles in any direction like seeing North Africa if you were directly above London, for example.