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Book Review: Suborbital – Industry at the Edge of Space

Suborbital: Industry at the Edge of Space by Erik Seedhouse; Springer/Praxis, New York /Heidelberg; $34.99; 2014. As the dawn of commercial suborbital flight draws closer, author Erik Seedhouse has written an informative book on the topic. The reader will find splendid accounts of such groups as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems, and XCOR [...]

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Private SpaceShipTwo Flies Third Powered Flight

The skies above the Mojave Air and Space Port in California were busy today. Virgin Galactic successfully completed the third rocket-powered supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). On release from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane, SS2’s rocket motor was ignited, powering the spaceship to a planned altitude of 71,000 ft. That’s [...]

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Luxury Looks at Planet Earth

Imagine yourself tucked inside a luxuriously appointed space-qualified capsule, then lifted by a high altitude balloon to over 18 miles (30 kilometers). On location, you and fellow passengers will remain aloft for approximately two hours before gliding back to Earth via parachute. It’s a trek into “nearspace” being offered by World View Enterprises, Inc. of [...]

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Space Jump Video Documents Longest Human Freefall

Space diver, Felix Baumgartner, made a historic leap into the record books in October of last year. Ballooning to the edge of space, Baumgartner jumped from his free-flying perch and became the first human to break the speed of sound in freefall with a top speed of 843.6 mph or Mach 1.25. That record was [...]

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SpaceShipTwo Test Flight Success

The sky above the Mojave Air and Space Port in California was the scene for another test flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo – the reusable space plane destined to carry tourists to the edge of space. The September 5 flight – the vehicle’s second powered flight, saw the craft achieve the highest altitude and greatest [...]

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