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Sir Richard Branson sets 11 July to make spaceflight


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Sir Richard Branson sets 11 July to make spaceflight

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Sir Richard Branson has named the date he'll fly to the edge of space. It will be 11 July, or very soon after.

He'll be a passenger in the back of the Unity rocket plane his Virgin Galactic company has been developing in the US for the better part of two decades.

The vehicle can climb to an altitude of 90km (295,000ft), giving those onboard a few minutes of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth.

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"Billionaire Nerds" slap-fight... film at 11...  ^_^

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3 hours ago, and then said:

"Billionaire Nerds" slap-fight... film at 11...  ^_^

The race is on............who can set up the first off planet business/residence where taxes can surely be shirked. ^_^

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Things are certainly heating up, wonder if Bezos will try to move Blue Origin's flight forward to beat Branson to the punch.

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1 hour ago, Saru said:

Things are certainly heating up, wonder if Bezos will try to move Blue Origin's flight forward to beat Branson to the punch.

Rushing things like this are usually a bad idea. :unsure2:

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Ready the broom... Vroom vroom... 

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While all these billionaires are in space, we should mobilize and take all their stuff.

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9 hours ago, Saru said:

Things are certainly heating up, wonder if Bezos will try to move Blue Origin's flight forward to beat Branson to the punch.

If so, he is running out of time. 

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We will have a picture before they launch with Musk smoking pot in a crew dragon in orbit doing a finger...

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22 hours ago, Piney said:

The race is on............who can set up the first off planet business/residence where taxes can surely be shirked. ^_^

That's an interesting point! If your HQ is in space (registered with a manned satellite like ISS) who would be owed tax?

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3 hours ago, ted hughes said:

That's an interesting point! If your HQ is in space (registered with a manned satellite like ISS) who would be owed tax?

The nation which authorised the launch would, under international law, be responsible for the HQ. Since that nation would have the authority to prevent further launches then they would have the capability and leverage to impose taxes.

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I'd rather see this kind of competition than not.  It's just a minor event compared to Webb being launched successfully.  I'm actually excited about that far more than I was about Hubble. :tu:

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As Sir Richard prepares to fly on Virgin Galactic’s first fully crewed flight to the edge of space on Sunday from New Mexico, The Sunday Times says Mr Musk – who owns rival exploration company SpaceX – has paid for a seat on a future Virgin voyage.

Mr Musk paid a 10,000-dollar (£7,000) deposit to reserve a seat. No date for his flight has been specified.

Sir Richard confirmed the purchase in an interview with The Sunday Times, saying he might reciprocate by booking a ticket on a SpaceX flight in the future.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/elon-musk-buys-ticket-sir-062947504.html

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