By Fortune Editors
January 16, 2013

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
Photo: Jesse Chehak

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, tucked beneath its mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo, landed at Mojave after a test flight on Dec. 14. Richard Branson says more than 500 people have bought tickets on his “spaceline,” at $200,000 a pop.


A full-size engineering model of the Lynx cockpit, used to determine the precise layout of instruments, flight controls, seats, and other details, as well as the selection of door latches and hinges.
Photo: Jesse Chehak

A full-size engineering model of the Lynx cockpit, used to determine the precise layout of instruments, flight controls, seats, and other details, as well as the selection of door latches and hinges.


Space startup XCOR uses this trailer-mounted bundle of tanks, racks, tubes, wires, and hoses to test-fire rocket engines with up to 5,000 pounds of thrust for its manned Lynx spaceship.
Photo: Jesse Chehak

Space startup XCOR uses this trailer-mounted bundle of tanks, racks, tubes, wires, and hoses to test-fire rocket engines with up to 5,000 pounds of thrust for its manned Lynx spaceship.


Stratolaunch Systems' hangar, which houses what could be the largest flying machine ever built. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, funds the company.
Photo: Jesse Chehak

Stratolaunch Systems’ hangar, which houses what could be the largest flying machine ever built. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, funds the company.

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