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Ride Along With SpaceShipTwo: Tail Footage Video of Latest Test Flight
universetoday.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on

Posted on 09/06/2013 3:21:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Yesterday, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo successfully completed its second supersonic rocket-powered test flight. In our previous article, we were able to share a video view of the flight — as seen from the ground. But now Virgin Galactic has shared the flight footage from a camera mounted on the tail of the ship, allowing us all to ride along and see the views. I’m hoping for they’ll eventually show a cabin view video so that we can see what the ride inside will be like.

The ship went to 69,000 feet (21 km, 13 miles) but you can still see the blackness of space and the curvature of Earth in the video.

Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson said yesterday that commercial flights with passengers should begin in 2014 … which is next year, meaning that perhaps space flight for the rest of us is not always 5-10 years off anymore.


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Banging nitrous-rubber rocket; that's how it rolls. It has one gear. "Go."
1 posted on 09/06/2013 3:21:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Amazingly stable.


2 posted on 09/06/2013 3:27:42 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: BenLurkin

“The ship went to 69,000 feet (21 km, 13 miles) but you can still see the blackness of space and the curvature of Earth in the video.”

69,000 feet? No one in the back there to join the 21 Mile High club?


3 posted on 09/06/2013 3:28:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: BenLurkin

Some Lear Jets have a service ceiling of 51,000 feet.


4 posted on 09/06/2013 3:45:27 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Bookmark


5 posted on 09/06/2013 4:02:15 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

And at what altitude do they say people experience weightlessness?


6 posted on 09/06/2013 4:10:19 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: rovenstinez

Do you mean weightlessness in microgravity when you are in orbit? Minimum altitude for orbit is about 100 miles.

Sub-orbital you can experience it flying in an airplane at pretty much any altitude when you are descending in a parabola.

Here’s an example in a small airplane. Keep your eye on the dog!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGO6VKAH_es

Another example in the KC-135 Vomit Comet with cats.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjcdwY41jJE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvU9GZjBTzs


7 posted on 09/06/2013 4:40:48 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: rovenstinez

You can experience “weightlessness” at 10 feet... but just for a second. What you think of as weightlessness is simply the craft falling (accelerating towards the Earth at 9.8m/s^2, at its surface)... so you can experience it at any altitude. When the craft just happens to be moving forward fast enough that the surface of the Earth curves away just as fast as you fall towards it, you remain “weightless” indefinitely. We call that orbit. But you are never without weight, as you are still within the Earth’s gravitational field.


8 posted on 09/06/2013 4:52:42 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwaet! Lar bith maest hord, sothlice!)
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To: BenLurkin
I love it the way that Rutan/Scaled/Space Ship Company have posted their flight test program & results online.

Confidence & transparency.

I'd fly with them.... if I had the $200K to spare!


9 posted on 09/06/2013 5:16:19 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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