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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: WhiteKnightTwo?


Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic continued their quest to turn space into a tourist destination on Monday with the roll out of the new WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft that will ferry SpaceShipTwo and “thousands of private astronauts, science packages and payload on the first stage of the Virgin Galactic sub-orbital space experience”.

WK2 is the world’s largest all carbon composite aircraft, and at 140 ft., the wing spar is also the longest single carbon composite aviation component ever manufactured.

Powered by four Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines, WK2 will support up to four daily space flights, and reach a maximum altitude of over 50,000 ft (limited only by the atmosphere).

It might only be for the rich and famous right now, but soon, Virgin Galactic hopes that you’ll hop aboard SpaceShipTwo, and WhiteKnightTwo will whisk you away into the blackness of space for a quick lap around the Earth.

[Virgin Galactic]

[Via: Josh Spear]

…Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book is sure to fulfill your every wish?

NM Spaceship


Every year, Neiman Marcus puts out its Christmas Book featuring all of the gifts that they feel are worth giving. For those who’ve had quite a bit more nice than naughty in them this year, there is the Fantasy Gifts section. And what’s atop this year’s list of fantasy gifts? How about a trip into space? That’s right, a cool $1.764 million will get you a spot aboard the Virgin Galactic space ship when it begins service in 2009, complete with what must be a most awe inspiring 63 mile high view of Earth, a vomit inducing weightlessness experience, and a week long getaway at Sir Richard Branson’s private island retreat to rid yourself of that awful spaceship lag. Afraid of heights? There’s always the Sports Dream Package, with tickets to six pro sporting events such as Super Bowl XLI and the 2007 All-Star Game, complete with a shared meal at each event with such legends as Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson. Not into sports? The 2007 NM Limited Edition BMW M6 Convertible is sure to turn a few heads, complete with Ruby Black exterior paint, Piano Black trim elements, custom Gold Brown merino leather seats, and a trip to Munich to pick up your car in person. There’s sure to be a gift for every giver in this year’s book, though I don’t think Neiman has found a way to package up coal for the uber rich, so I guess there’s always some room for improvement. Just make sure to check your list twice before cracking open this fantasy wish list.

[Neiman Marcus – Christmas Book]

[Via: BornRich]

[Via: Luxist]