Gallery: Virgin Galactic unveils space ride Summary: Sir Richard Branson showed off SpaceShipTwo for the first time. The vehicle promises to take thousands of private citizens on a short ride into space. By Andy Smith | December 7, 2009 -- 13:27 GMT (05:27 PST) Previous | Next Image 2 of 10 SpaceShipTwo will take 6 passenger-astronauts and two pilots in a two-hour suborbital flights that will reach the edge of space. The crew will be weightless for about five minutes.Sir Richard meets with pilots Burt Rutan and Will Whitehorn Credit: Virgin Gallactic Topic: Telcos Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.