The space tourism company Virgin Galactic has struck a deal with NASA worth up to $4.5 million for research flights on the company’s new private spaceliner SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic officials announced Oct. 13.
Under the deal, NASA will charter up to three flights on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, an air-launched spacecraft designed to carry eight people on trips to suborbital space.
The announcement comes just two days after Virgin Galactic announced that Mike Moses, NASA’s former deputy space shuttle program chief, had joined the company’s ranks as vice president of operations.
“We are excited to be working with NASA to provide the research community with this opportunity to carry out experiments in space, said George Whitesides, president and CEO of Virgin Galactic, in a statement.
"An enormous range of disciplines can benefit from access to space, but historically, such research opportunities have been rare and expensive,” Whitesides added. “At Virgin Galactic, we are fully dedicated to revolutionizing access to space, both for tourist astronauts and, through programs like this, for researchers.”
“In early 2015, fare-paying passengers stepped aboard the first purpose-built interplanetary spaceliner to a fanfare of publicity which was to make the name of Martian Queen a household word.” –Stewart Cowley, Spacecraft, 2000-2100 AD (illustration by Bob Layzell)
Since I can never tire of Dathomirias/Nightbrothers/Nightsisters, here’s another parody/AU:
Maul, Savage, Feral and Ventress are the crew of a one-ship spaceline (SW equivalent of an airline)
Savage is the pilot, but everybody assumes that Maul’s the pilot since he has a more commanding air about him. (Savage basically takes Martin’s role)
Maul is, of course, merely the co-pilot, and he’s a bit of a sleazebag as well. He constantly participates in bets with high stakes that would normally get him fired in other spacelines. (Maul is practically Douglas as it is)
Feral…does his best at being a steward. He always has something cute to say, even in a grim situation. He also happens to be the proud inventor of both Surprising Rice and his own hat. (Feral as Arthur though XD)
Ventress, naturally, is the manager and CEO of Dathomir Spacelines (maybe update name l8r). She rarely calls the Brothers by their first names - referring to them as dorks or morons - and when she does, it not usually a good thing. (Caroline!)
Obi-Wan frequently participates in their hectic adventures, leading Feral to believe that the Jedi is dating Ventress, no matter how much she denies it. (Hercules, obviously)
There’s one thing I can’t work out for this: whether to use transformed!Savage or normal!Savage. As epic as Savage was with that badass suit of armour, I think that since this is a corruption-free AU, I may stick with normal!Savage.