Before VSS Unity's next test flight in May, Virgin Galactic has unveiled the first SpaceShip III, the VSS Imagine. The shiny new vessel gets its unique finish from a mirrored material that reflects its surroundings as it leaves the planet and enters space. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, the covering also provides the vehicle with thermal protection. A modular design helps to maximize performance for improved maintenance and increased flight rate, with a company goal of flying 400 flights per year, per spaceport. The VSS Imagine is currently conducting ground testing and has plans to move to glide flights this summer.
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