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Richard Branson's Tourist Spaceship Breaks Sound Barrier: VIDEO

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Civilian space travel got one step closer yesterday as the first private spaceship designed for space tourism fired its rockets for a few seconds and broke the sound barrier.

Mashable writes:

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane fired its rocket engines for the first time during flight this morning in a test from California's Mojave Air and Spaceport. The vehicle was carried aloft by the mothership WhiteKnightTwo, and then released in midair at an altitude of about 46,000 feet. At that point, SpaceShipTwo test fired its rocket engine, designed to propel the craft of the rest of the way up to space.

After a short 16-second burn today, SpaceShipTwo reached a maximum altitude of 56,000 feet before flew back to Earth. The trip marked the 26th test flight of the vehicle, and the first "powered flight," which propelled the ship to Mach 1.2, fast enough to beat the speed of sound, which is 761 miles per hour.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. was it manned?

    Posted by: BO | Apr 30, 2013 6:41:37 PM


  2. Fakery.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 30, 2013 8:51:44 PM


  3. The only problem I have with "tourist space travel" is that there's no destination.

    It's a flight to nowhere. Other than the space travel thing, seems to be zero point to all the money spent. If I take the risk of going into space, I want the trip to end on the moon or a space station. I don't just want to come back to earth after flying around a bit.

    Posted by: johnny | May 1, 2013 4:18:48 AM


  4. Nice. I hope all goes well. But there's nothing spectacular about breaking the sound barrier. Military jets have been doing it since the 1950s, the 'super sonic' Concorde was doing it between Paris,London and New York back in the 70s,80s, and 90s.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 1, 2013 8:58:51 AM


  5. @Johnny,

    Think of it as being like a VERY EXPENSIVE cruise to nowhere, kinda like those cruise to nowhere cruise ships.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 1, 2013 9:00:02 AM


  6. It's space, the final frontier. LOL Honestly though, I think to be that far above the earth and look down and see what only astronauts have seen in real time would be cool but the expense is CRAZY.

    Posted by: Bobby | May 1, 2013 11:06:52 AM


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