SpaceShipTwo wing (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
MOJAVE, Calif. (Virgin Galactic PR) — The Spaceship Company (TSC), Virgin Galactic’s space-system manufacturing organization, has completed the systems install and main structure for the wing of the next spaceship in Virgin Galactic’s fleet. The completion of this significant assembly means that the team can begin preparing for the mate of the spaceship’s fuselage to the new wing and moves it closer to beginning its flight test program.
The first step in this assembly was to bond the
internal structure together to complete what we call the ‘egg crate’.
Once the egg crate was complete, the next step was to bond the internal
structure to the upper wing skins.
After the upper skins were bonded, the structure was ready for systems installation. At this stage the wing structure is open and the team has maximum access to begin the installation of essential systems. These systems include components such as landing gear, reaction control system (RCS), elevon flight controls and the pneumatic tubing that powers the feathering system which provides SpaceShipTwo with its unique reentry configuration. Along with these systems, the team also installed the avionics wiring harnesses.
Avionics wiring harnesses ...