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328KF
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posted 04-30-2013 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A big day for VG and Scaled for sure! The vehicle looked steady as a rock as it climbed away, at least from the ground based footage. That boom camera video would probably give a better idea of how steady once they release the footage. I still remember how squirrely SS1 looked from that perspective.

The motor looked like it gave a little "belch" before it actually lit off. I wonder if that was normal or an anomaly...will have to probably wait to see the next test flight.

Gotta hand to Branson, always the salesman. He chose this milestone first powered flight to announce a price hike for a trip to the edge of space. Book yours now for the low low price of just $250,000. Ouch.

I guess 8 long years of developmental work cost a lot more than anyone planned for, and they need to recoup that money. It has also been suggested that this is an attempt to get some who have submitted minimal down payments to get off the fence and commit before the "imminent price increase."

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posted 04-30-2013 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, here's the onboard video from Virgin Galactic. Looks very steady!

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posted 04-30-2013 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 328KF:
He chose this milestone first powered flight to announce a price hike...
Virgin Galactic has been saying the price would rise before the first space shot for some time now. The $50,000 increase should really be of no surprise for potential customers.

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posted 04-30-2013 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There may have been occasional hints, but this is the first time I have seen the additional $50K figure put out publicly.

It could backfire on Branson... a short time price hike to join the "suborbital spaceflight club" may well cause people to hold off and wait for the already hinted at price decrease down the road.

Competition from XCOR's Lynx spaceplane and others will be good for the consumer.

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posted 04-30-2013 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any collectSPACE users put down their deposit yet? I would love to but I have spinal issues that I think would prevent me.

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In regards to the recent announcement of Justin Bieber purchasing his VG seat, with all of his ongoing legal issues and public use of drugs/drinking under age, it seems like a mistake to let him fly.

This could backfire on VG and put them in a bad public light if he does something stupid and embarrasses the decision to let him go.

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posted 06-07-2013 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think this is just one of the many challenges that VG faces as they begin flight operations. Unfortunately, given the extraordinary price of a seat right now, many of those able to afford to go will be celebrities of various types.

VG is a business, and are looking to recoup a ton of development money and someday make a profit. I don't think they are in a position of being able to decide who should go and who shouldn't. Having said that, if a high-profile customer were to do something embarrassing or dangerous while in preparation for the flight, I think it would be VG's responsibility to remove them or delay their trip until the matter is corrected.

I'm sure in a few years this will all be regulated by the FAA, but for now they are taking a hands off approach in order to let the industry get started without too much red tape.

The celebrity aspect of their business might be great in terms of bringing space tourism into the realm of reality in many people's minds, but I do hope that Mr. Branson has plan to deal with those who aren't able to behave themselves.

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posted 06-12-2013 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a new promo video from Virgin Galactic:

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Richard Branson announced today that Virgin Galactic has booked its 600th passenger.
We're delighted to welcome Virgin Galactic's 600th future astronaut, Marsha Waters. I had the pleasure of meeting Marsha at The B Team launch in London last week and can't wait for her to experience space travel for herself.

Marsha, who owns an accounting company in Blackpool, told me she has been watching our progress closely for the past few years, and was inspired to join our space program after watching Virgin Galactic's first supersonic test flight recently.

She joins the next generation of women in space as we celebrate milestones for two of the most famous female astronauts. 50 years ago yesterday Valentina Tereshkova earned the title of first woman to have flown in space. 30 years ago tomorrow, Sally Ride became the first American woman to enter space.

Now a whole new generation of private individuals who are passionate about experiencing space travel for themselves will be joining them in the record books - including Marsha.

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posted 09-09-2013 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Watching videos of the second powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo, suddenly it was 1967 again and I was watching the X-15.

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NBC News, which has an exclusive with Virgin Galactic to provide behind-the-scenes coverage of the first SpaceShipTwo spaceflight, has debuted an interactive web graphic tracing the commercial passenger craft's flight plan.

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posted 02-13-2014 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's five years since there was talk of SS2 commercial flights taking place "within two years." "Some time in 2014" is the latest Virgin mantra. A recent book on Branson believes that the project will never succeed due to safety regulations and performance issues.


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