MOJAVE, California — On Friday, Sir Richard Branson unveiled Virgin Galactic’s newest space plane named Unity with much fanfare: Branson stood up in the sunroof of a Land Rover as the car rolled the ship into the hangar here at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

Virgin Galactic hopes that this suborbital SpaceShipTwo will be the first in a fleet of commercially operated space planes that will bring paying customers to the edge of space and back again.

But Branson has even bigger plans for Virgin Galactic in the future.

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Richard Branson has big plans for Virgin Galactic beyond space planes