a combined 3.85 million pounds of thrust
RegI or SI, please.
Jeff Bezos-founded spaceflight firm Blue Origin set a company record yesterday by sending its capsule on a sub-orbital trajectory with an apogee of 351,000 feet (107km) before landing both booster and capsule safely in West Texas. It was the company's eighth flight using the third version of the New Shepard booster – a single- …
@Lost all faith...
by selling vibrating models of...
The truth is stranger than fiction. But I guess once bitten twice shy, Mattel won't be bringing out a model of the rocket anytime soon...
Harry Potter Nimbus 2000 vibrating broomstick
...scroll down halfway for the reviews captured from Amazon
I thought it was because of the wooden acting (well, standing ./+ running around whining) of the character in the Prequels...
..which I always considered a bit of an insult to the 80's movie with the (Jefferson) Starship soundtrack (ooh, lookit - another space link!)
Downvoted because I'm not sure why it's the role of the government to develop reusable LEO platforms ?????
By all means encourage and facilitate (via tax breaks and regulation).
But given how good governments are at wasting money, don't let them run the show.
"It's not really a launch vehicle, it's a glorified carnival ride for suicidal rich kids."
Indeed. This gets a lot of abuse for not being a real rocket and not being particularly useful in terms of science or landing probes on Mars or whatever. But the fact remains that if I were a billionaire, I would totally pay for my next holiday to involve being shot into space (which this rocket does reach), even if I didn't actually stay in orbit. Not everything needs to be pushing the boundaries of human achievement; if a few rich people just want to ride a really big rollercoaster, good for them.
It's all over in 10 minutes. Even for the other (subliminal) activity aluded to earlier, that's a bit short. I've watched the launch video, and it's really just, straight up to (just) past 100 km, straight back down, land on parachutes. I'm sure it'd be exciting, but I wouldn't plonk down thousands of dollars for this (I'd rather pay for a ride on a MiG-29 or something for that money, lasts longer and is much cooler).
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