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Author:  G Burt [ Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:20 am ]
Post subject:  SpaceShipTwo

And now a tragedy for the SpaceShipTwo project with the loss of a test pilot.

I gather that a new type of fuel was being used which sounds like (I'm guessing) an explosion within the fuel system. No need to reiterate that space flight is dangerous but hopefully the show will go on even if delayed by a couple of years.

Aviation was dangerous in the early years but tremendous progress has been made since; I trust space flight will follow a parallel.


Author:  brian livesey [ Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SpaceShipTwo

Branson's flying circus for millionaires ( £150,000 per ticket ) is unlikely to achieve much in terms of scientific advancement.
Government space agencies with their much bigger funding are able to achieve more meaningful goals.

Author:  David Frydman [ Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SpaceShipTwo

Yes, ICBMs.

regards, David

Author:  G Burt [ Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SpaceShipTwo

Branson knows what he's doing.

'Space tourism' will eventually lead the way to sub-orbital airline flights bringing the other side of the world within a couple of hours travel.

Best Wishes,


Author:  brian livesey [ Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SpaceShipTwo

Count me out Geoff, I prefer a slow boat to China. :wink:

Author:  hershel [ Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SpaceShipTwo

However, it will not take you to space Brian.

Author:  brian livesey [ Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SpaceShipTwo

My telescopes take me into space from spaceship Earth.

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