Video: Hitch a ride on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

Whether or not you're one of the privileged few who will be sitting alongside Justin Bieber come Virgin Galactic's grand opening, you'll want to see this. In a stroke of brilliance — which, let's face it, might just be called thinking for the likes of Sir Richard Branson — the powers that be at Virgin Galactic have strapped a rear-facing camera aboard SpaceShipTwo.

The video covers the entire duration of SpaceShipTwo's rocket test, during which the spacecraft shattered the sound barrier, eventually climbing past 1,000 mph. Seeing this from the vantage point of Major Kong from Doctor Strangelove is pretty awesome all by itself, but the real fun of Virgin Galactic's video is in the audio.

Rather than just letting you listen to the rocket roaring away, the audio is straight out of the cockpit. The pilot sounds like he's both having a great time and trying his best not to pass out. It's an experience that passengers will be able to share as soon as next year, if we're to believe Branson's claims. In the mean time, check out the video, below, for yourself. For many of us, this just might be as close as we ever get to riding aboard SpaceShipTwo, so at least we've got the best seat "in" the place.

Via Virgin

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