Posts Tagged ‘Virgin Galactic’

The Right Stuff

January 30, 2010

Ever since SpaceShipOne grabbed the Ansari X-Prize in 2004 – and Richard Branson announced his plans to sell tickets to ride into space – there’s been a lot of excitement that space tourism will usher in a new era for non government access to space. But it is not just well heeled adventurers hoping for a gold plated bungy jump…turns out the prospect of frequent – albeit brief – trips to the edge of space have gotten some scientists’ wheels spinning.

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SpaceShipTwo Rollout

December 21, 2009
SpaceShipTwo.  Courtesy:  Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo. Courtesy: Virgin Galactic

The hangar door is sealed tight once again at Burt Rutan’s shop in Mojave California.¬† The Scaled Composites team focused on the nitty gritty details of getting SpaceShipTwo ready to carry some paying passengers to space.

If they fly like they put on a show – Virgin Galactic is bound to dazzle…about 500 hundred would be fliers, politicians and VIP’s were there on December 7th – for the rollout of Space Ship Two.¬† Richard Branson says his ship nearly brought him to tears…

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After the rollout¬† – a fluke storm came barreling in to Mojave…the revelers had to beat a hasty retreat – and some high winds tore the elaborate tent to shreds. Fortunately SpaceshipTwo and her mothership White Knight 2 were safely tucked in their hangar.

I don’t believe in omens…do you?

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