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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #100 on: 12/06/2018 01:55 pm »
And there are still planes that are solely used for thrill rides and scenery tours for paying passengers. An infinitessimal part of the market now, but it used to be different. Once space tourism is a thing, other destinations could materialise. IMO, those will not be tourist destinations, but new uses of space for and by people who had up to that moment not been interested in space.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #101 on: 12/10/2018 06:56 pm »
You all know : it's always next year :)

But ... if you trust Richard Branson, it will be this year. Before Christmas ;)

Ooookay... let's see if the first human spaceflight since the shuttle retired will happen in the next 2-3 weeks.

(and please, let's not start this discussion about the Karman line :P)

Umm, hunnybun.... Are you denying that there are people on the ISS right now? That the Russian Soyuz has been doing very regular taxi service to ISS?

I'm also sure that the Chinese will be severely frakked off that you decided to be racist and exclude their Taikonauts that went the Shenzhou 9,10 and 11 missions from your definition of "human"

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #102 on: 12/10/2018 07:08 pm »
I really love people who do nitpicking.

Yes, I did mean the first US (or western) spaceflight since the shuttle got retired.

But I have to admit - the gaps between Chinese flights are so long, that sometimes I forget about these.

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« Reply #103 on: 12/10/2018 09:05 pm »
I really love people who do nitpicking.

Yes, I did mean the first US (or western) spaceflight since the shuttle got retired.

But I have to admit - the gaps between Chinese flights are so long, that sometimes I forget about these.
You also forget that all those other "human spaceflight" things were orbital.

We can argue forever on the definition of "go to space", but bucketing all in the same bin is just wrong.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #104 on: 12/11/2018 08:22 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1072599973320163329

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Virgin Galactic’s next test flight is planned for a window opening Thursday, according to a statement. “We plan to burn the rocket motor for longer than we ever have in flight before, but not to its full duration,” they say, possibly enough to reach a “space altitude.”

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #105 on: 12/12/2018 08:42 am »
nice article on the use of composites in SS2 in the trade magazine Composite World

https://www.compositesworld.com/blog/post/leveraging-composites-for-space-tourism


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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #108 on: 12/12/2018 06:18 pm »
NASA Armstrong States flight is Thursday:
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NASA’s Flight Opportunities program enables researchers to test experiments on commercial vehicles to advance tech for the Moon and Mars. Tomorrow @virgingalactic will fly its 1st mission with NASA-supported payloads. More about what will be onboard:

https://twitter.com/NASAArmstrong/status/1072933053285097472

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #109 on: 12/12/2018 06:30 pm »
Don’t recall seeing a mating video before:

https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/status/1072909811472187392

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SpaceShipTwo is now mated to our mothership WhiteKnightTwo ahead of the next test flight

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #110 on: 12/12/2018 09:32 pm »
Will be fun to watch!

When are they going to start operations (if ever) from SpacePort America?  Seems like after the $200M+ that was put in for them, that it would be nice to see such inaugural flights like these be from there...

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #111 on: 12/13/2018 04:29 am »

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #112 on: 12/13/2018 04:56 am »
To quote one of Schwarzenegger's characters; "What the hell are you waiting for?! Go on! Do it now!!"

This has been a long time coming. Some would say too long - I'm one of those people.
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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #113 on: 12/13/2018 11:37 am »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1073190442110541824

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This is set to happen today at about 10 a.m. ET

So 18:00 UTC

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #114 on: 12/13/2018 11:47 am »
ET (Eastern Time) is UTC -5. PT (Pacific Time) is UTC-8. So 15:00 UTC?

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #115 on: 12/13/2018 12:59 pm »
https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/status/1073205910967746561
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We're taking SpaceShipTwo out for its fourth powered test flight today. Stay tuned for live updates

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #117 on: 12/13/2018 01:30 pm »
I always considered the "edge of space" to be the altitude at which a vehicle does not suffer the heating effects of friction.
I seem to remember that the Shuttle Orbiter reached Entry Interface at around 400,000 feet or 80 miles.

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Re: Space Ship Two - General Thread (4)
« Reply #119 on: 12/13/2018 01:49 pm »
Do we have a livestream link?
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