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New designs for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane and the WhiteKnightTwo mothership were unveiled in New York today, supposedly bringing commercial space travel once step nearer. Richard Branson, the man behind Virgin Galactic, hopes that with this design he will be the first to offer paying passengers a trip into …

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Alien

My brain keeps parsing "Virgin Galactic" as...

"Virgin Catholic..."

I think either I need to get a p2p client with better spam filters soon or else take this opportunity to sell something to a casino via eBay?

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Too Much

I dont know about you but I dont find 100k down the back of the sofa that often

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Linux

Virgin Galactic's Wings and Airports...

...vs the dramatic "Orion" water landings to come for NASA. Thanks, LockMart; inspirational!

Congratulations, Mr. Branson. Get her/Keep them flying.

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Expensive?

I think the price is cheap, compared to how much it has taken to get things off the ground.

How long at that rate before Paul Allen and Richard Branson recoup their investment?

Sure, Virgin gets some healthy PR from it, but still. It's a great legacy for both of them, though perhaps a greater one would have been fixing Africa.

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Unhappy

Whatever

It's still only a lousy suborbital uselessity.

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Personally

I'd bite off my own legs to get onto one of those shuttles.

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Training

What I want to know is, who gets to fly them, how are they chosen, and how are they trained? I would be genuinely interested to see a documentary on that.

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windscreen

I wouldn't feel very confident flying into space in something with heart shaped windscreens.

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well done

at least somone is trying

@ too much

you obvoiulsy looking down the wrong sofa

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Joke

Virgin...

.. on the ridiculous. I'll get me spacehelmet

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Gates Horns

Green?

Is it?

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For Sale

34 Year old female. (Perfect Wife)

£100k

Excellent cook, Great in bed and really knows how to make her man feel special.

Makes an brilliant pack lunch for when you leave for work on those cold early mornings and often bakes a cake to add that little somthing else to your daily lunch.

Genuine reason for sale. Urgently require to raise funds for research into how great is must be for average joe to experiance space!

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Paris Hilton

Re: For Sale

Pictures?

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Go

@Whatever

You have to start somewhere, in the commercial world you don't risk going for the big one straight away. This opens up an oppurtunity to far more people (even if they need thousands) and a potential revenue stream that will pay for Tier 2, which is believed to be an Orbital craft on Scaled Composites drawing boards. Which will be infinitely more expensive due to the re-entry problems they'll have to solve when moving at orbital speeds. Besides once sub-orbital is proved it'll bring more investment. So it's a start and they're getting somewhere!

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Coat

Welcome to 1908, everyone....

If the history of aviation a century ago is anything to go by, we've got a decade or two to go before suborbital or SSTO flight becomes reasonably commonplace. Let's just hope that we don't get sidetracked and then pushed to innovate faster by a World War.

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Paris Hilton

@ Andrew Checkley

I don't have the £100000, so would you consider setting up a timeshare?

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@1908: flight and space-flight

Be nice if it happens, Jeff. Trouble is that by 1908 most of the really tough questions had already been answered. Cayley had sussed the wing side, and Benz and co had sussed the engine side. All that needed doing was bolting the two together, which is why the Wright brothers were just one of many.

Problem right now is that the development of the basic components is still "rocket science". Maybe it wouldn't have been if NASA had done the sensible thing and used Apollo as the basis for their next-gen platform. Instead they went for the Space Shuttle to keep the air-force generals happy, and left all their working tech to rust. That's why NASA are now having to reinvent the Apollo wheel, because everything they've done in spaceflight for the last 25 years has been a pointless waste of time and only worked because of vast government spending.

On the plus side though, it's the reason there is private spaceflight (notably Ariane and other major lifters), because no government managed to make a decent job of it. And it's why SS2 and its successors are likely to clean up, because again they're driven by making it work in a cost-effective way. NASA couldn't recognise cost-effective if it beat them over the head with a foam mallet labelled "stick to your budgets"...

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Stop

How about Travel to Mars ?

Propose taking space shuttle round trip to Mars,

144 days ! - 67,000,000 miles/hr !

http://www.p2pnet.net/story/14705

Now that's Traveling !!!!

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What about travel to Mars ?

Propose taking space shuttle round trip to Mars,

144 days ! - 67,000,000 miles/hr !

http://www.p2pnet.net/story/14705

Now that's Traveling !!!!

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about time

yes its 2008. hasnt it been long enough already since we got some kind of space travel. we are meant to be driving hovercars by 2010. good to see we made a step forward

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Coat

Not so much the re-entry

That's the barrier to orbital flight, but the immense amount of fuel you need to launch even the lightest payload. There's a reason why a Saturn V's a big bastard.

Also, there is the related problem of achieving acceptable failure rates for passenger flight with that much energy around.

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Pirate

@ For Sale

Does she know you've put her up for sale? If not I'd watch out for the powdered glass in those little cakes if I was you! ;-)

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night troll

No more cakes for me!

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Coat

100k what would I buy

small flat

wife

trip to space

hum

taxi "take me to the space port. let me stop to get my coat"

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Alien

Its a Start

Well things will surely move on quicker once space has a commercial purpose, lets face it once any thing is commercialised it goes bonkers and more insane investment will happen...

25 years later we will be on Mars! Just who gets the first Virgin or Nasa

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By Jimbo

"Well things will surely move on quicker once space has a commercial purpose, lets face it once any thing is commercialised it goes bonkers and more insane investment will happen...

25 years later we will be on Mars! Just who gets the first Virgin or Nasa"

Hmmm prehaps i should start looking for Wife 2.0 to fund my trip to mars!

Ebay could make this process so much easier for me if they stopped removing my listings!

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