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  • Virgin Galactic makes first commercial flight

    Seems while Eldon Musk hemmorages money on battery cars, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic flights to space are about to actually commence.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/comp...cid=spartandhp
    Two months after reaching the edge of space for the first time, Virgin Galactic's spacecraft Unity has done it again.

    Virgin Galactic sent three human beings on Unity for the first time in Friday's supersonic test flight, which reached three times the speed of sound on its way up. Just before the flight, Richard Branson's space tourism company told CNBC that astronaut trainer Beth Moses is on the company's spacecraft Unity, along with the two pilots.

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    So.....there are no paying customers...yet?
    ARRRR! International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19th
    IN MARE IN COELO

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jose50 View Post
      So.....there are no paying customers...yet?
      There are 50 people signed up with tickets at a cost of $250,000 each for the future flights coming in the next few months.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jose50 View Post
        So.....there are no paying customers...yet?
        YET, Bubba, YET

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        • #5
          Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post

          There are 50 people signed up with tickets at a cost of $250,000 each for the future flights coming in the next few months.
          Wow, that's a lot of people willing to plunk down a ton of cash to have a peek at space.

          But, that also means Zero-G if it is a parabolic flight.... they better have a good supply of Barf-Bags!
          "Why is the Rum gone?"

          -Captain Jack

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            Progress far beyond what the government managed on a budget billions over what VG has needed. Clearly, huge government programs are not the answer.
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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              Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post

              Wow, that's a lot of people willing to plunk down a ton of cash to have a peek at space.

              But, that also means Zero-G if it is a parabolic flight.... they better have a good supply of Barf-Bags!
              It also means they'll officially be an "astronaut." Each flight is expected to carry 6 passengers and 2 pilots.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                Progress far beyond what the government managed on a budget billions over what VG has needed. Clearly, huge government programs are not the answer.
                Next up is the scale up from Virgin Galactic to the Stratolaucher. That will be able to put large payloads in space quickly and relatively cheaply.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post

                  Next up is the scale up from Virgin Galactic to the Stratolaucher. That will be able to put large payloads in space quickly and relatively cheaply.


                  Yep, and without the huge complexes needed by NASA.

                  Won't be long before somebody resurrects Bull's work and starts using a supergun to place payloads into orbit which can then be picked up by a small vehicle from a space station. He put small satellites in orbit.
                  Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                  • #10
                    Build a fleet of say, a dozen stratolaunchers and you could be putting a rocket into space nearly every day if you wanted.

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                    • #11
                      ...more crap in the sky...
                      ARRRR! International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19th
                      IN MARE IN COELO

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

                        Yep, and without the huge complexes needed by NASA.
                        NASA won't be happy, they will try to regulate them out of existance. Being part of the Govt., they will succeed.

                        And then China will start doing it....
                        "Why is the Rum gone?"

                        -Captain Jack

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post

                          NASA won't be happy, they will try to regulate them out of existance. Being part of the Govt., they will succeed.

                          And then China will start doing it....
                          NASA has no control over that. It's the FAA that will micromanage them into quitting.

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