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Virgin Galactic Craft to Go Supersonic?

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:42 AM

SpaceShipTwo Ready to Break Sound Barrier


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SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot suborbital spaceship owned by Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, is scheduled for is first rocket-powered test flight on Monday, Branson told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper in an interview published on Tuesday.

“We’re hoping to break the sound barrier. That’s planned Monday. It will be a historic day,” the newspaper quoted Branson as saying.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 12:53 PM

This is sure a step towards public space travel, but as of now its not going 'far', but who knows where they will go in future.



Virgin Galactic is taking reservations and deposits for the surborbital space rides, which sell for $200,000 per person. More than 500 people have signed up....still a bit pricey for me, will wait for the price to come down in a few years.

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In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:23 PM

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ah, the rich and powerful, now they can drink champagne 1000 miles above all the poor people

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#4    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:08 PM

View Postunit, on 27 April 2013 - 10:23 PM, said:

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ah, the rich and powerful, now they can drink champagne 1000 miles above all the poor people
Well 62 miles up and I don't suspect they will be drinking much champagne in zero G.

This is how air travel started, it was expensive and so only the rich could afford it, but as demand rose prices fell. Now most people in the industrial world can afford air travel. Don't resent the rich and powerful this luxury because ultimately it is them that will make space tourism attainable for the rest of us.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:13 AM

Sippy straws and were there ! :tu:

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 02:04 PM

nice ads

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 02:04 PM

View PostDONTEATUS, on 28 April 2013 - 04:13 AM, said:

Sippy straws and were there ! :tu:
62 mile high club, anyone?

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 02:38 PM

Can I be the first to use the term 'Space-Rage' as I am sure it will only be a few years now before our selfish behaviour on Earth will be occurring in space now the masses are on their way to the cosmos.

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to show me where the hell Helen of Annoy has been for the past couple of months.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:13 PM

$200,000 per person? $200,000? Oh heck, it'll have to wait till next months wages then  :w00t:




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Posted 28 April 2013 - 06:59 PM

Go for it Sir Richard! Rocket powered! :gun:


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:02 PM

View PostTimonthy, on 28 April 2013 - 02:04 PM, said:

62 mile high club, anyone?
YEah ! Im all in,no wait out out again,now Im in ,No Out again ! Dang this Zero-G ! Were going to need velcro condoms !

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:29 PM

View Postseeder, on 28 April 2013 - 04:13 PM, said:

$200,000 per person? $200,000? Oh heck, it'll have to wait till next months wages then  :w00t:




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Can you wait for 2 months and take me with you?

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:33 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 28 April 2013 - 09:29 PM, said:

Can you wait for 2 months and take me with you?

yes ok but only if your a clean woman with a dirty mind.... eternity is a long old time :w00t:

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:41 AM

Sounds cool but is this safe??


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:21 AM

I will wait for a for a short time stopover space motel.





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