Posts under Tag: space travel
Your Next Vacation Could be in a Space Balloon

Ever since the early days of Star Trek and even before that, many a human has dreamt of going into space. So far the privilege and adventure of going into space has been granted only to a group of highly trained Astronauts from NASA and other world space organizations. Today, with the advent of new technologies, your next vacation could be in a space balloon. World View, as the project is known, is the name of the space tourism program that will take people 100,000 feet up into the Earth’s stratosphere to the edge of space. Once there, they will spend two hours admiring the view of the curvature of the Earth. The passengers will not experience weightlessness as they will not be high enough in space so they will be free to walk around in the space capsule. The capsule is lifted via a massive helium balloon and guided for a safe landing using a giant parafoil. Trips are slated to start in 2016 and are estimated to cost $75,000. Check out the video below:

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Space the Final Frontier

In today’s era of high-tech advancement and achievements with inventions like the electric hybrid car and ultra thin light weight super powerful hand held computer touch screen tablets like the iPad 2, it would and should not come as a surprise to many that our advancements don’t stop within the field of micro-computing, but indeed extend far into the exciting and adventurous unknown realms of space travel as well. In today’s busy worldly age, our media streams from reporters are largely filled with the happening of daily life here on earth and very seldom do we hear anything about the progress being made in the field of space travel. Despite our unawareness, thankfully due to the vision of the people and teams at Virgin Galactic, the goal of eventual commercial space travel for you and me is very much alive and well. Not to discredit the incredibly fantastic exploration missions or technological advancements made by NASA and others who have made it possible to land on the Moon and build the international space station, the teams at Virgin Galactic have only improved and opened up the possibility that the average man may one day be able to travel into space. Using design principles from NASA’s space shuttle designs coupled with new aerodynamic principles in composite design, Virgin Galactic has produced a light -weight space shuttle that can be used over and over with a very quick turn around time and it is capable of soft runway touchdowns just like an airplane. The VSS Enterprise, as it is lovingly named, is able to maintain a solid and stable atmospheric re-entry profile through the use of tail section that is rotated into a upward 65 degree angle to the fuselage after which at around 33,500 feet the pilots rotate the tail back down so that the ship is returned to it’s glider shape and can then glide to finish with a nicely controlled soft touch landing.

On May 4th 2011 the VSS Enterprise completed her first successful test flight of her “feathered” re-entry configuration over the skies of the Mojave Desert in CA., the Pilots Pete Siebold and Clint Nichols climbed to an altitude of 51,500 attached to the aircraft carrier WhitKnight2 and were then released activating the Enterprise’s “feather” configuration and falling near vertical at 15,500 feet/minute for almost one minute and 15 seconds and then at 33,500 the pilots switch the VSS Enterprise back to glide mode and she had a nice smooth soft touchdown on the runway. The test was a complete success and this news only serves to show that commercial space travel is cost viable and possible with a re-usable vehicle like the VSS Enterprise. With 7 flight under her wings since she was commissioned in December 2009, the Enterprise is sure to be seeing the vastness of space very soon… Stay tuned!

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