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    Default Welcome to the era of Private Spaceflight

    With the recent Virgin Galactic space plane flight to the edge of space, and the SpaceX team launching and reusing the same Falcon 9 booster 3x inside 6 months, space travel is more affordable and accessible than ever.
    The two companies are following very different philosophies, but each are lowering the cost to reach space drastically, and there's definetly more efficiency to be found in the processes.

    Who else is pumped for a new golden age of space accessibility? I sure am.
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    I can wait for China to make it superaffordable.
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    Current costs are $250k usd per person.

    Its very reasonable to assume that if a typical Beyonder wants to, they'll be able to go to space before the end of their life. Which is pretty amazing when you think about it.

    Seems like the Virgin Galactic setup would be the ideal way to do Musk's envisioned "rocket transport". By not needing to launch or land at see and being able to glide to a stop on a runway, international flights in 1 hour may be possible within a decade.

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    This is awesome.

    The opportunities for business and new technologies are immense. The cost's will eventually come down.
    I have to agree with ZenOps. Im waiting for China to enter this properly, when that happens I think Nasa's budget will increase like 1000% overnight.

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    Haha so true. Trump's ego would be so deflated and probably say it's Mexico's fault.

    I really hope there's a point in my life where I can take a flight, even for a few minutes, into space to look down at Earth with own eyes.

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    Let's hope it goes off without any issues.


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    I love you for searching up this older thread. Also excited for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    I love you for searching up this older thread. Also excited for this.
    I was so sure we had a general purpose space thread. This was the closest I could find.

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    The pressure this launch, not envy of everyone involved.

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    Those space suits look pretty damn cool. Not too far off from Sci Fi movies and television.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenOps View Post
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    I can wait for China to make it superaffordable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D'z Nutz View Post
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    Those space suits look pretty damn cool. Not too far off from Sci Fi movies and television.
    I thought they looked like something from spaceballs and are now being followed around by ninjas

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    Quote Originally Posted by schocker View Post
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    I thought they looked like something from spaceballs and are now being followed around by ninjas
    Now I can't unsee it





    Astronauts getting ready to climb in

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    Nasa has never looked so stylish.

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    Between now and launch in a couple of hours, then docking with ISS tomorrow. Where do they go to pee..? Im assuming the suits are equipped for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonytiger55 View Post
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    Between now and launch in a couple of hours, then docking with ISS tomorrow. Where do they go to pee..? Im assuming the suits are equipped for this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonytiger55 View Post
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    Between now and launch in a couple of hours, then docking with ISS tomorrow. Where do they go to pee..? Im assuming the suits are equipped for this?
    Haha. I was thinking the exact same thing.
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    Read some unchecked tidbit about how astronaut suits take around 45 minutes to an hour to put on.

    How long's a Xenomorph gotta wait before mealtime?


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    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/12...7Ctwgr%5Etweet

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