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Date: 05/23/11 09:30 AM

22 Responses to 1st Feather Flight Of Virgin Galactic`s SS2

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8012 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 12:11 am
    Link: 1st Feather Flight Of Virgin Galactic`s SS2 - 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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    SunnyNphilly Male 18-29
    645 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 9:38 am
    so when the hydraulics go out on this "feather" system do you just fall like a rock?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15512 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 9:53 am
    Sooo what is a feather flight?
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    RyanHake Male 18-29
    2690 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 9:57 am
    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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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10338 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 10:17 am
    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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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14194 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    No you burn up in the atmosphere falling like a rock. Wonder what this is going to cost.
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    captkava Male 40-49
    257 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 10:46 am
    thats alot of moving mechanical parts to go wrong.

    but i`d still pimp out my granny to go...
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10445 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 11:24 am
    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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    Baelzar Male 40-49
    1399 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 11:41 am
    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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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    It`s $200,000 per person for anyone interested - you get 5 min of weightlessness.
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    joosen52 Male 18-29
    206 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    They better stain-proof the interior, because I guarantee that the inside`s going to be covered in passenger puke.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
    2738 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm
    People in space? That`s crazy talk,I tells ya!!!!
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    JoeYC Male 18-29
    721 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    They wont sell enough tickets?

    They already are booked up for years to come
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25345 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    yep, it will be awesome but it will only be for the richest of rich
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    Wundt Male 40-49
    410 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm
    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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    readyfisher Male 60-69
    15 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    Really fantastic. However , if there is no fly fishing , I`LL pass my ticket on by.
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    headseed Male 70 & Over
    370 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    i`m sure that`s not a disaster waiting to happen
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    DarkMonkey Female 18-29
    62 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm
    the font that they use makes that guys name look like George Whitesicles.. hahah
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    JoexBro Male 18-29
    518 posts
    May 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm
    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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    Corvid Male 40-49
    21 posts
    May 24, 2011 at 4:34 am
    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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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10338 posts
    May 24, 2011 at 7:12 am
    @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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    thehitcher Male 18-29
    237 posts
    May 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    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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