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Virgin Galactic Showcased Its Advanced Carbon Fiber Components Inside The Cabin Of Its Spacecraft

Aug 08, 2020

Virgin Galactic, an aerospace and space travel company, recently demonstrated the interior of the cabin of its first spacecraft, VSS Unity, in an online event.

Ambitious astronauts and space enthusiasts all over the world now have the opportunity to explore the design and space flight experience of the Virgin Galactic capsule online.


An important symbol of the Virgin brand for more than 50 years is the use of inspirational and bold designs to change the customer experience. This is a fashion trend that has been applied in the industrial sector and design disciplines.

Virgin Galactic worked with London design agency Seymourpowell to maintain this fine tradition and developed an elegant but progressive and experience-oriented concept for the cabin of its spacecraft. It is designed to seamlessly integrate with all other aspects of the Virgin Galactic astronaut’s journey, provide safety without interference, quietly absorb cycles of felt intensity, and provide each astronaut with personal discovery and transformation The level of intimacy and comfort required.

Inside the cabin, the individual-sized seats of carbon fiber + aluminum made of the highest-grade, advanced and cutting-edge carbon fiber manufacturing technology reinforce this feeling. The importance of astronaut comfort for optimal performance is emphasized through the use of engineering foam and technical fabrics. Virgin Galactic’s partner, Under Armour, developed the astronaut spacesuit and also developed the fabric technology for the cabin seat. Under Armour leveraged over two decades of insight to maximize human performance to create a 3D knitted fabric whose structure maps breathability and functionality into the fabric that wraps each cabin seat, thereby flying in space Provide comfort and mobility.


The color palette in the cabin has been carefully planned to complement the structure of the seats, the cabin itself and the spacesuit. The golden metal is like glowing desert sand, the blue is reminiscent of space, and the water drops are inspired by land and sea travelers who return to Earth.

Each seat has been carefully designed to match the vitality of the flight. A pilot-controlled tilt mechanism is most suitable for the position of the astronaut to manage the gravity during boost and reentry, release the cabin space, and maximize the astronaut's floating area in zero gravity.

Virgin Galactic pioneered mood lighting on its commercial aircraft, and this concept has been transformed by Virgin Galactic into a new era of commercial aerospace. Multi-color light-emitting diodes are hidden around the "halo" window and used to subtly reflect back, thereby improving human response to each stage of flight. At the peak of the experience, when the earth came into view in the dark space, all the lights were extinguished, bringing an instant focus to the scene.

The cabin of "Spaceship Two" has been carefully designed to provide astronauts on board with a weightless experience of leaving their seats. The interior design focuses on this key part of the experience. The soft interior surfaces and elements become intuitive hands and footholds, allowing astronauts to explore the cabin freely and fully. The "halo" surrounding the 12 large windows has soft extending edges, which allows astronauts to perfectly position themselves and enjoy 360-degree stunning views, from infinite outer space to the beautiful earth.

In order to enhance the zero-gravity floating experience, there is a first mirror for space travel in the cabin, and a large circular mirror installed on the bulkhead of the stern. By adding color to the reflective surface, astronauts can be on the earth naturally Watch your own weightlessness under the illumination of brightness.


Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Kerglaser said:

“I’m proud to lead our talented team to reveal the latest milestones in our space journey. In many ways, the design of the spacecraft’s cabin is a central part of the astronaut’s journey, and its design will promote and promote thousands of A unique and profound journey of change for the flying man."