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Virgin Galactic Launch Today Sun 11 Jul


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1 hour ago, Alien 13 said:

At what altitude can you say you touched the edge of space? my best effort was on board a Korean airlines 747 flying over Russia at 52,000 feet due to the missile threat at the time, still got buzzed by a couple of Migs..

Alan

The Karmen line 330,000ft (62 miles) above sea level is general standard  to mark the boundary .  52,000ft is not bad going Alan , not surprising you got buzzed. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kármán_line

Jim 

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5 minutes ago, jjohnson3803 said:

Ok, so the live coverage is a little schlocky, but congratulations to Virgin on a successful mission!

 

I guess they added some delay into the live transmission which may have added to this so if anything went wrong they could pull the plug quickly.

Alan

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9 minutes ago, AstroNebulee said:

Very underwhelming 

Mach 3, 300,000ft  lol.  Ironically the aim is to make space travel like this this "underwhelming" for the armchair warrior :) 

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2 minutes ago, Paul M said:

I've had a couple of rides in one of these:

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Not a huge difference, but I'd go for a ride if offered. 

Highly recommended , good giggle . :) 

Jim 

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Admittently a fantastic achievement and superb engineering feat, however still aimed at the very upper financial echelon of society and likely to remain so for a long time. So yes, impressive but only for the so called 'elites'.

"We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.", is utter nonsense and patronising marketing blurb. 

A few hundred, maybe a few thousand potential seat buyers compared to 7 billion on spaceship Earth is hardly, "everybody".

Maybe Virgin Galactic has kicked off an industry for many people to enjoy in the far future if they can get costs down, but ultimately unless global politics changes and the gap between rich and poor closes, rather than becoming wider as it currently is doing, then Branson is talking to a select few.

 

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On 11/07/2021 at 16:24, Alien 13 said:

At what altitude can you say you touched the edge of space? my best effort was on board a Korean airlines 747 flying over Russia at 52,000 feet due to the missile threat at the time, still got buzzed by a couple of Migs..

Alan

A 747's maximum ceiling is 45000feet and modern SAM missiles  go well above 52000feet anyway so it would'nt have mattered anyway.

As to Mr Branson, when he does an orbit and reentry then that will be different and worth doing.

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