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(LA Daily News)   Rudder-Cam shows Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo as it blasts to the edge of space   (dailynews.com) divider line 15
    More: Cool, SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic, edge of space, space planes, WhiteKnightTwo, mach  
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2014-01-16 09:39:30 AM  
Outstanding!
Not only beautiful images, but no gimmicks, daft cutting and 'Xtreme' background music.
 
2014-01-16 09:41:51 AM  
Just wait for the crashes, explosions, and accidents to happen.
For new technology and exploration, this is inevitable.
 
2014-01-16 09:42:49 AM  
Very neat video. Made me want more detail in the article. Mostly I guess I am surprised that they only hit mach 1.4, but then again this is a short test flight.
 
2014-01-16 10:02:29 AM  

mistrmind: Just wait for the crashes, explosions, and accidents to happen.
For new technology and exploration, this is inevitable.


My business partner and I build 4 axis cnc machines and everytime we build a new design, we run into bugs that takes us months (usually) to work out. There's always something wrong with new machinery. And cnc's are relatively easy to design and build. Burt Rutans space ship has thousands of parts. I wonder how many bugs they've encountered so far.
Americans are lucky to have such a brilliant innovator in their country.
The pilots that actually fly this must have nerves of steel.
 
2014-01-16 10:03:45 AM  
Really nice! but ~20 km isn't close to the edge of space.
 
2014-01-16 10:10:01 AM  
If it ain't Dutch, it ain't a proper Rudder-Cam.
 
2014-01-16 10:14:02 AM  

indarwinsshadow: mistrmind: Just wait for the crashes, explosions, and accidents to happen.
For new technology and exploration, this is inevitable.

My business partner and I build 4 axis cnc machines and everytime we build a new design, we run into bugs that takes us months (usually) to work out. There's always something wrong with new machinery. And cnc's are relatively easy to design and build. Burt Rutans space ship has thousands of parts. I wonder how many bugs they've encountered so far.
Americans are lucky to have such a brilliant innovator in their country.
The pilots that actually fly this must have nerves of steel.


I'm a SQA engineer. Been in this business for about 20 years.  With all my experience and knowledge, I can't possibly catch every single defect before product ships.  It's simply not possible.  I can only marvel at the testing they did, in the amount of time they did it, and not only wonder what they caught, but fear for what they missed or overlooked.
 
2014-01-16 02:54:47 PM  
That video started for me right as the Overture from Tron Legacy started playing on Spotify. Incredibly appropriate, at least at the start.
 
2014-01-16 04:13:56 PM  
This is what happens when eccentric billionaires have too much time.
Great video
 
2014-01-16 06:53:48 PM  

StopLurkListen: Really nice! but ~20 km isn't close to the edge of space.


I know you're commenting about the headline, but I'll add that this was just the third powered test flight, burning the engine for only 20 seconds.  The final, passenger-ready flights are going to burn the engine for 90 seconds, theoretically taking SS2 to over 100km.
 
2014-01-16 08:56:54 PM  
It's wonderful :)

But I dread the day an accident happens.

We are human, and despite our very best efforts, things will happen.

All I can do is hope we will be mentally tough enough to KEEP FLYING once we pick up the pieces.

We must not fear.

We must remember that we can approach perfection in spite of being mortal.
 
2014-01-16 09:19:10 PM  
well I know what I'll be spending my 401k on.... only 30 years to go
 
2014-01-17 08:29:04 AM  

mistrmind: Just wait for the crashes, explosions, and accidents to happen.
For new technology and exploration, this is inevitable.


FTA:  Katy Perry and  Justin Bieber have already signed up


I'm not seeing a downside.
 
2014-01-17 08:46:24 AM  

Smashed Hat: mistrmind: Just wait for the crashes, explosions, and accidents to happen.
For new technology and exploration, this is inevitable.

FTA:  Katy Perry and  Justin Bieber have already signed up


I'm not seeing a downside.


Just as long as they can save Perry's boobies.  Otherwise "Excelsior!"
 
2014-01-17 11:31:44 AM  
Sure it's cool, but can it put Jebediah on the Mun?
 
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