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It appears Virgin is going to be making a 'going concern' of getting civilians into space. The pictures here are quite nice.

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It looks like the middle vehicle is a detachable space shuttle. Is that the part that will actually go into space (reach orbit)?
It (the middle vehicle) goes into space (barely) but does not go into orbit. It drifts back down.
To go into orbit would require more velocity and the ability to survive re-entry at high speed.
The definition of "space" is in orbit or above. Thought for Virgin Galactic it's where you can see the stars instead of blue sky.

Wait for a cloudless night and you'll get the same effect.

TBS this aircraft is awesome.
Not quite.
Space starts at an altitude of 100 km (62 miles).
SpaceShipTwo is said to be able to go at least that high.
If you say that space starts at 100km, it must be so.
In fact it's where an object can fly in orbit without the help of jet engines, at least one circonvolution.

But spaceness is gradual and the lower you go the less you are in it.
The lower you are the higher the speed will be required to maintain orbit despite the high atmosphere and the gravitaion pressure. Normaly it should be where you could stay into orbit at no speed, but that's not 100 km and way higher than what is commonly known as space.
You know, for some, space begins at about 6 ft -

the "space" between their ears, that is.

S2
JohnWho Wrote:You know, for some, space begins at about 6 ft -

the "space" between their ears, that is.

S2

Certainly not you JW. :lol:
Well, perhaps mine is unexplored space.

I need to bodly go where I've not gone before.

S2