parapente
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Re: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments

Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:15 am

Question -just for fun!
Say the cost of 'going into space' was $200,000 for either the Blue Origin or Virgin Galactic.Say they both go to roughly the same altitude and give a similar ( let's say 5-10 mins) weightless in space.
One goes up via a conventional ground launch and classic parachute landing.
The other in a spaceplane that is carried up half was and lands as an aircraft.

Which one would be your choice ( you only have one).

Personally I am quite torn.I think on balance I would go for classic rocket and 'Shute route.Particularly as it has nice big windows for the all important view.But that's just me.i guess the Bezos route has no crew? That might frighten some though ?
 
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Re: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments

Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:57 am

And, for comparison, consider a list price to orbit on Falcon 9 with Dragon 2 at $20,000,000 per person.
Again, for comparison, consider a reusable F9 launch @ $62,000,000 and 22 tons payload. Dragon 2 weighs some 6-7 tons, so if it wasn't limited by its own structures or volume, you could theoretically launch 15 tons payload - or 150 people - to LEO; in other words: $400,000 per person.

Regarding the OP's question: The spaceplane sounds like more fun. :spin:
 
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Re: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments

Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:40 pm

New Shepard flew again this morning. Terrific landing shots in this video.

I didn't hear what the test objective was for todays flight.

https://youtu.be/YUzYCDbDlnc
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DarkKnight5
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Re: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments

Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:26 pm

zanl188 wrote:
New Shepard flew again this morning. Terrific landing shots in this video.

I didn't hear what the test objective was for todays flight.

https://youtu.be/YUzYCDbDlnc


Still proving the vehicle for human flight, and they had NASA microgravity science payloads on board as well.

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