1st Feather Flight Of Virgin Galactic`s SS2

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 6 years ago in Science

The feather position is shown after the drop from 51,000 feet. Passenger flights into space may be available next year!
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Male 237
im glad someone else besides our government or any other government is putting forth the effort to go into space. im a bit weary of the whole shuttle thing, way too old and way too boring something about this just excites me=D i cant wait til this is fully functional
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Male 10,339
@corvid: From what I`ve read, once the "feathers" are locked down, the aircraft just rocks back and forth like that on purpose, kind of floating like a feather until it fully enters the atmosphere.

That way, the entry speed is slow enough as to not heat up the aircraft beyond tolerable levels, but it can still enter the atmosphere safely.

Drop a feather and watch it. It will rock back and forth, but it won`t flip over, and it maintains a constant rate of decent. Same thing here.
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Male 21
I`m currently training for my pilot`s licence, and while I am far from an expert, the aircraft looked quite unstable when they deployed the feathers and it looked like he was fighting to control it. Just my opinion, not sure if I`m right.
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Male 557
Sure it may be only for the richest of the rich now, but one day space exploration will be a real thing and its going to be privatized.
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Female 62
the font that they use makes that guys name look like George Whitesicles.. hahah
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Male 370
i`m sure that`s not a disaster waiting to happen
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Male 16
Really fantastic. However , if there is no fly fishing , I`LL pass my ticket on by.
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Male 409
I have at least on friend with the desire and the means to pay the ticket price. However, unlike normal air travel, once the novelty is worn off, I do wonder if it can be a sustaining business venture.
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Male 25,416
yep, it will be awesome but it will only be for the richest of rich
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Male 721
They wont sell enough tickets?

They already are booked up for years to come
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Male 2,737
People in space? That`s crazy talk,I tells ya!!!!
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Male 206
They better stain-proof the interior, because I guarantee that the inside`s going to be covered in passenger puke.
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Male 1,803
It`s $200,000 per person for anyone interested - you get 5 min of weightlessness.
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Male 1,399
Lazy, it would be impossible to see the entire planet from one view from a space ship. 3 dimensions don`t allow it.

You CAN see the curvature of the earth, and experience weightlessness for a matter of minutes in this craft.
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Male 10,440
I don`t see the appeal. Unless you get people high enough that they can see the whole planet in one view, it`s not the same. If it`s just a extra-high-up plane ride, they won`t sell enough tickets.
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Male 257
thats alot of moving mechanical parts to go wrong.

but i`d still pimp out my granny to go...
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Male 14,334
@SunnyNphilly

No you burn up in the atmosphere falling like a rock. Wonder what this is going to cost.
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Male 10,339
The ship kinda folds up so it has 2 flight surfaces, one on the wings, and one of the fuselage.

The opposing forces cause the ship to "float" down to earth at a constant, rather than fall like normal spacecraft do. Watch after the "feathers" get locked in. You can see the ship "float".
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Male 2,690
I`ve been reading about this for a long time now, should be awesome to finally see it put into action!
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Male 15,510
Sooo what is a feather flight?
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Male 645
so when the hydraulics go out on this "feather" system do you just fall like a rock?
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Female 8,044
Link: 1st Feather Flight Of Virgin Galactic`s SS2 [Rate Link] - The feather position is shown after the drop from 51,000 feet. Passenger flights into space may be available next year!
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