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Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Vehicle Makes Highest Flight Yet: VIDEO


Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft has successfully completed yet another test flight, according to LiveLeak, this time achieving an altitude of 71,000 feet, 2,000 feet higher than their previous record. The latest in a series of exciting developments, the flight on January 10th indicated that Virgin Galactic is on schedule to begin providing commercial space flight by the end of 2014. Projects like this make anything seem possible, but would you want to travel into space? 

Check out an awesome video of the flight (and picture yourself on board!), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. While this looks exciting, I would want to go higher. It's not necessary to actually enter orbit, but I would want to be at low-Earth-orbit altitude, which is still about 7x further up, I think.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 15, 2014 12:31:43 AM

  2. I want to go into space (into orbit and further) and I would love to take a suborbital trip on Virgin Galactic as well. I probably will never be able to afford any of it.

    Posted by: Critifur | Jan 15, 2014 1:33:04 AM

  3. Awesome news! Have we learned to love each other yet?!

    Posted by: Felix | Jan 15, 2014 2:19:56 AM

  4. Zero desire.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 15, 2014 4:21:47 AM

  5. I've often wondered why all space travel doesn't begin this way, instead of with the dangerous and clumsy straight-up-off-the-launchpad approach. Anybody know?

    Posted by: Ed | Jan 15, 2014 8:48:31 AM

  6. Actually, piloted space travel, in the form of the Air Force's X-15 rocket-powered research plane, began around the same time as the Mercury-Redstone missile flights in the early Sixties. Unlike the Mercury program, the X-15 was carried aloft by a bomber, released into the stratosphere, and flew into space, reaching altitudes comparable to those the Virgin Galactic craft is expected to achieve. What set the X-15 apart from Mercury, was the fact that the aircraft/spacecraft was controlled by its pilot from release to landing, usually on the natural runways of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB. Rutan and company are recreating the concept for their commercial flights, with Branson hinting that one day, you'll be able to fly Virgin Galactic to a destination city, through space. Very cool!

    Posted by: Nathan James | Jan 15, 2014 12:25:12 PM

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