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Offline thaiga

Virgin Galactic Just Got One Step Closer To Space Tourism | NBC News


Richard Branson is a step closer to getting to space

On Tuesday, Virgin Galactic, the company he founded more than a decade ago with the goal of flying tourists to the edge of space and back, performed another test flight over the Mojave Desert in California, US.

SpaceShipTwo "Unity," a winged space plane, went supersonic for the second time, firing its engine for just 31 seconds. But that was enough to power the vehicle to an altitude of nearly 22 miles (35km) and a maximum speed of almost Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound.

In an interview after the flight, Branson said, "It was as good as it gets today." The pilots, he said, "came back with massive beams on their faces. It's a big, big step today."

The company plans to have another test flight in about six weeks or so, he said, and then it could attempt to reach the edge of space on the next flight - but that would depend on how the vehicle performs in the test flights.

Virgin Galactic, which charges US$250,000 ($362,940) a ticket, has some 700 people signed up to fly, and Branson has said he would be among the first to go. To prepare for his flight, which he has said could come this year, the 67-year-old said he's been cycling, playing tennis in the morning and evening, and spending time in a centrifuge to get his body used to the additional gravitational forces passengers would experience on SpaceShipTwo.

Blue Origin, the space company owned by Jeff Bezos, is also aiming to fly its first test flights with people by the end of this year. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

Branson said he expected that the companies would both "have a person in space roundabout the same time". But he said they "are not in a race to get to space.... All that matters in the end is that everybody is safe and well."

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Offline Taman Tun

Re: Virgin Galactic
« Reply #61 on: May 31, 2018, 04:37:26 PM »
Yes, getting closer.  Altitude 35 km.  The plan is to get above 100 km in order to be defined as space flight.  So they have a long way to go.  If you are a ticket holder you can relax for a very long time yet.
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Offline thaiga

Re: Virgin Galactic
« Reply #62 on: May 31, 2018, 04:57:44 PM »
But i do love the pickle  :)  I Am Paying $200,000 for Five Minutes

On a blindingly bright January afternoon in 2010, I went to my bank to get a cashier's check for $20,000. It was my birthday, and I was buying myself the present I'd been waiting for my entire life: a trip to space.

This fat chunk of cash would become a 10 percent downpayment for a ticket aboard Virgin Galactic, billionaire Richard Branson's bold plan to hurl ordinary humans into space. To do this, Branson plans to use rocket planes that can carry space tourists 62 miles up and travel at three times the speed of sound. Ninety days before my trip, I'd need to pay the remaining $180,000. That's $200,000 for a five-minute sojourn beyond Earth's stratosphere.

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Offline Taman Tun

Re: Virgin Galactic
« Reply #63 on: May 31, 2018, 05:16:00 PM »
This from Wiki

Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004.

In July 2008, Richard Branson predicted the maiden space voyage would take place within 18 months.[2] In October 2009, Virgin Galactic announced that initial flights would take place from Spaceport America "within two years."[12] Later that year, Scaled Composite announced that White Knight Two's first SpaceShipTwo captive flights would be in early 2010.[13] Both aircraft did fly together in March 2010.[14] The credibility of the earlier promises of launch dates by Virgin Galactic were brought into question in October 2014 by its chief executive, George Whitesides, when he told The Guardian: “We’ve changed dramatically as a company. When I joined in 2010 we were mostly a marketing organisation. Right now we can design, build, test and fly a rocket motor all by ourselves and all in Mojave, which I don’t think is done anywhere else on the planet”
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