Did we ever find out where the first Virgin Galactic flights were going to?

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JA

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Member since 07 Jul 2013

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Did we ever find out where the first Virgin Galactic flights were going to? Or was it just a circuit around SpaceportAmerica

traveller

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Member since 24 Oct 2011

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Weren't they simply going to "space" and back to where they started? A scenic flight of sorts?

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,060

Back to earth...with a thud.

Unless Matthew McConaughey managed to communicate in morse code, from the 5th dimension, to the engineers at Virgin giving them the formula  for escaping Earth's gravitational pull efficiently...Pffft....


David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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TRB: did you just spoil the ending of Interstellar for me? :P

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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No, I'm saving you $20.

Go watch the latest Hobbit installment instead ;)

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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instalment!

eminere

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Member since 25 Sep 2013

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Brilliant.

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 217

The one that crashed was a drop-test.

The plan for the final product (if it still gets built) is simply to go straight up and come down again. So the destination is just a tiny bit of space which happens to be about 160km above New Mexico. The SpaceshipTwo is nowhere near capable of even achieving orbit, which involves a helluva push sideways in conjunction with a small push upwards.

The name "Galactic" is, of course, ridiculous overreach. It's as if Virgin Atlantic involved wading up to your ankles in the beach at Portsmouth.

whipper

Member since 17 Feb 2012

Total posts 50

Save yourself the money and book a Malaysian Airlines flight.

Whatisdavid

Member since 10 Sep 2014

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Rumour is they are going to PER, aiming to provide a half decent int'l service to WA lol!!

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