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docdivakar
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Re: Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
docdivakar   12/20/2013 5:34:42 PM
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Hi Rick, this doesn't seem to excite the level of interest in paying customers if all that happens is a couple of minutes of "floating" experience. Can't one do the same in something like NASA's KC 135 vomit comet at a much lower tab?

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Re: Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
rick merritt   12/20/2013 7:10:07 PM
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Hi Doc,

I'm not familiar with the KC 135 which is described as a refueling plane. The speaker compared the Virgin flight to a $65M trip for a week on the Soyeuz.

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Re: Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
docdivakar   12/20/2013 7:45:52 PM
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Rick, the KC135 is a reduced gravity aircraft used to train astronauts. It flies in a parabolic trajectory in which during decent one gets to float ~25 seconds in weightlessness.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduced_gravity_aircraft

One plus point for the VGalactic is the climb to higher elevations to the edge of atmosphere... perhaps that is worth $250K for those who can afford it!

MP Divakar

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Re: Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
HeadhunterBKS   12/20/2013 7:50:35 PM
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Our author kept refering to Space Station 1&2, I think he ment Space Ship 1&2,unless he knows something different.

KC135 is an old converted airliner, (replaced by KC10 a converted DC10) and the float time is only a few seconds, 20 - 30, at a time. Then climb again and drop. I've experienced that on a P3, it's neat, but 4 minutes gives a nice piece of time to experiment (depending on the freedom alowed).

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Re: Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
Sheetal.Pandey   12/21/2013 11:21:39 AM
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This is the luxury money can get. There is a famous advertisement for Mastercard and Visa card "There are some things money cant buy but for everything else there is a Mastercard". People who have enough money to setlle daily expenses and enough secure investments for life tme, going to space is really nice to have. Soon more and more people will go.

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Maybe a better metric
DrFPGA   12/21/2013 1:10:04 PM
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would be when the amount of person hours is doubled not the number of people. When could we expect to hit that metric?

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Re: Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
jvhbus   12/22/2013 4:50:54 AM
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As in the post of Divacar, I cannot see the value for $250 000 just to float in midair for only 4 minutes and then say you've been in space. Yuri Gargarin I reckon had a better experience that this. Now let's make it a full two or three orbits of earth, that would be worth it, yes....

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Re: Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
rick merritt   12/23/2013 1:29:29 AM
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@jvhbus: Agreed 2-3 orbits would be ideal for a big ticket trip. I suspect its not commercially viable yet.

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Re: Maybe a better metric
rick merritt   12/23/2013 1:30:31 AM
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@DrFPGA with Virgin only giving 8 people a 4 minute pop in space, doubling the hours in space will take a loooooong time!

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weary?
junko.yoshida   12/23/2013 9:28:27 AM
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I don't want to be such a naysayer, but am I the only person who is weary about "commercialization of space trips"?

I do get the excitement for the rich to go to places they have never been before. But, seriously, for what purposes, other than the bragging rights to say "I've been there"? What will space travellers be learning from this experience?

 

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