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Farnborough Airshow - Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

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The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise, is a suborbital, air-launched spaceplane, designed for space tourism and is currently under development by The Spaceship Company, a part of the Virgin Group.

SpaceShipTwo will be carried to its launch altitude by a mothership, the Scaled Composites White Knight Two, before being launched to fly on into the upper atmosphere, powered by a rocket motor. It then glides back to Earth and performs a conventional runway landing.

Virgin Galactic plans to operate a fleet of five SpaceShipTwo spaceplanes in a private passenger-carrying service, starting in late 2013.

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A: Farnborough Airshow - Pilatus PC-21

by Billy Hepburn, 70 meters away

The Pilatus PC-21 expanded envelope trainer aircraft is designed to fulfil the requirements for basic...

Farnborough Airshow - Pilatus PC-21

B: Farnborough Airshow - Air Tractor AT-802U

by Billy Hepburn, 180 meters away

The Air Tractor AT-802U is an economical single engine turboprop aircraft designed for surveillance, ...

Farnborough Airshow - Air Tractor AT-802U

C: Farnborough Airshow - Beechcraft King Air 350ER

by Billy Hepburn, 400 meters away

The Beechcraft King Air 300 series was developed as a successor to the King Air 200 multi-purpose twi...

Farnborough Airshow - Beechcraft King Air 350ER

D: Farnborough Airshow - Finmeccanica Stands

by Billy Hepburn, 580 meters away

Farnborough International Airshow is held every two years (on even numbered years - the Paris Airshow...

Farnborough Airshow - Finmeccanica Stands

E: Farnborough Airshow - RQ-4 Global Hawk

by Billy Hepburn, 1.1 km away

The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk is a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) used by the United States ...

Farnborough Airshow - RQ-4 Global Hawk

F: Bourley Hill, Caesars Camp

by Stephen Chapman, 4.7 km away

This image was captured at sunset on 17 April 2010.  Farnborough Airport is visible to the north.  A ...

Bourley Hill, Caesars Camp

G: Conservatory of a House in England

by Stephen Chapman, 5.0 km away

Image captured late evening at the end of April.  Conservatories are frequently added to English hous...

Conservatory of a House in England

H: Garden of a House in England

by Stephen Chapman, 5.0 km away

This image was captured in the early afternoon on a beautiful sunny day in April, the beginning of Sp...

Garden of a House in England

I: Puttenham Eco Camping Barn

by Stephen Chapman, 9.2 km away

Puttenham Eco Camping Barn is run by a charity, and provides basic overnight accommodation, particula...

Puttenham Eco Camping Barn

J: Goldsworth Park lake

by Phil Whitten, 12.8 km away

This is Goldsworth Park lake. It was designed as a man-made lake for dealing with rainwater from the ...

Goldsworth Park lake

This panorama was taken in England, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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