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1st Feather Flight Of Virgin Galactic's SS2

Hits: 13593 | Rating: (3.0) | Category: Science | Added by: kitteh9lives
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thehitcher
Male, 18-29, Western US
 237 Posts
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:21:27 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

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 9955 Posts
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:12:19 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.

Corvid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 20 Posts
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 4:34:20 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.

JoexBro
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 368 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 10:58:25 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.

DarkMonkey
Female, 18-29, Canada
 64 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 6:39:51 PM
the font that they use makes that guys name look like George Whitesicles.. hahah

headseed
Male, 70 & Over, Asia
 375 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 3:23:56 PM
i'm sure that's not a disaster waiting to happen

readyfisher
Male, 60-69, Western US
 15 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 1:52:23 PM
Really fantastic. However , if there is no fly fishing , I'LL pass my ticket on by.

Wundt
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 354 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 1:51:38 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.

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24489 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 1:46:47 PM
yep, it will be awesome but it will only be for the richest of rich

JoeYC
Male, 18-29, Europe
 725 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 1:21:59 PM
They wont sell enough tickets?

They already are booked up for years to come

robosnitz
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 1:17:02 PM
People in space? That's crazy talk,I tells ya!!!!

joosen52
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 206 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 1:00:04 PM
They better stain-proof the interior, because I guarantee that the inside's going to be covered in passenger puke.

Fwoggie2
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1754 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 12:11:23 PM
It's $200,000 per person for anyone interested - you get 5 min of weightlessness.

Baelzar
Male, 40-49, Western US
 1384 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 11:41:17 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.

LazyMe484
Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 11:24:19 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.

captkava
Male, 40-49, Europe
 257 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 10:46:08 AM
thats alot of moving mechanical parts to go wrong.

but i'd still pimp out my granny to go...

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13217 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 10:27:51 AM
@SunnyNphilly

No you burn up in the atmosphere falling like a rock. Wonder what this is going to cost.

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 9955 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 10:17:31 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".

RyanHake
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2698 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 9:57:13 AM
I've been reading about this for a long time now, should be awesome to finally see it put into action!

Angelmassb
Male, 18-29, S. America
 15498 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 9:53:18 AM
Sooo what is a feather flight?

SunnyNphilly
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 645 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 9:38:58 AM
so when the hydraulics go out on this "feather" system do you just fall like a rock?

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1396 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 12:11:25 AM
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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