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Virgin's Branson unveils first commercial spaceship

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posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 02:32 AM
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Virgin's Branson unveils first commercial spaceship


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Billionaire Richard Branson Monday unveiled the first commercial passenger spaceship, a sleek black-and-white vessel that represents an expensive gamble on creating a commercial space tourism industry. Skip related content
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Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways, hopes the winged, minivan-sized SpaceShipTwo will rocket tourists into zero gravity beginning in two or three years.
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posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 02:32 AM
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High enough to achieve weightlessness? Well, that's cool!

"The project, with a $450 million (274 million pounds) budget, would see the construction of six commercial spaceships that would take passengers high enough to achieve weightlessness and see the curvature of Earth set against the backdrop of space."

"A twin-hulled aircraft named Eve would carry SpaceShipTwo to an altitude of about 60,000 feet (18,288 meters) before releasing it. The spaceship would then fire its onboard rocket engines, climbing to about 65 miles (104 km) above Earth."

"The trip would take about 2-1/2 hours, with passengers experiencing about five minutes of weightlessness."

5 minutes of weightlessness! Oh heck! :down:

Branson hired aircraft designer Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites to build the commercial spaceship fleet after a Rutan prototype named SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004 for the first private piloted spaceflight.

Not without risks!

A lethal 2007 explosion during a rocket engine test by Scaled Composites, however, illustrated the danger and risk to creating a safe and profitable venture.

Commercial space flight has been a dream for decades, but the 2004 flight was the first proof that industry might be able to achieve it without the help of government, which historically has dominated space travel.

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posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 02:43 AM
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Thread already here
isn't ATS great.



posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 03:04 AM
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First commercial spaceship





posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 12:35 PM
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Will we at least get a bag of peanuts? You know once we go weightless, the person next to you is going to have to pee and their crotch is gonna float into your face. What about barf bags? I...I..don't wan't that stuff floating around the cabin..yuk!



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