The X Prize

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  1. Chase

    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    How cool is it that we now have private aircraft entering space and that the possibility for average people to be given the opportunity to travel into space is getting this much closer to reality? It'll be interesting to see what happens with Virgin Galactic.

    I'm actually a bit surprised that a bigger deal hasn't been made out of the whole situation.

    Anyone else finding this as interesting as I am, or do most people really not care much about it?
     
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    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes and no. It's good that people now have a opportunity to travel to space. However it only applies to the rich onse.
     
  3. MDowdey

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    ive always been fascinated with space and i sincerely hope that before i die i can see another defining moment in space exploration...hopefully soon. i love the Xprize idea...it will cost a buttload to charter a craft though....


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  4. aggiezach

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    I was so excited when I saw this on CNN this morning during my usual MWF brunch. Being a space fanatic since I was about 3, this is really awesome! Chase you just beat me to the punch! I was gonna post something on it if no one had already done so!

    Here's To privatization of the space industry! :cheers:
     
  5. Chase

    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    True about the cost and that it is for the rich, but then again, so was travelling by ship, car, plane, etc., before technology and competition heated up.

    If one company makes it happen, such as Virgin Galactic, how long will it be before others get in on it? I'm doubt it will ever be cheap in our lifetimes, but it may just be within reach :)
     
  6. MDowdey

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    if you sell a kidney! i hope it is...id like to be a part of that...i personally wanna fly up there in an X-wing..



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    My kidneys won't be worth enough--they've got stones. :cry:

    Seriously though, this could very be a truly defining moment in human history. For the first time we've gone into space without the backing of a huge government. That's just amazing when you think that just over 100 years ago we couldn't even get off the ground!
     
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    One word - AWESOME!!!
     
  9. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I haven't seen or read any of the news about this yet...is it still just a quick up & down, where you only get about 20 seconds of weightlessness?

    Or do you actually get to spend a few hours in space?
     
  10. MDowdey

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    as far as i know, its an exit from our atmosphere at 62 miles above earth and a very quick re-entry..

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  11. Big Mike

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    Well that sounds pretty boring to me.

    Call me when we can go up, do a couple laps of the earth, have a zero gravity meal and then come down.
     
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    I second that.
     

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