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2020-07-05 11:03:48 AM  
A F104 can take a person over 90k ASL for less than $30k.
 
2020-07-05 1:10:44 PM  

eurotrader: A F104 can take a person over 90k ASL for less than $30k.


Didn't that plane have the same problem with multiple trips?

Also, who wants to go to the edge of space. What's the point if you aren't going to be fully orbital and experiencing micro-gravity.

This would presumably include enough space to get out of your chair and float.
 
2020-07-05 1:32:15 PM  

Gubbo: eurotrader: A F104 can take a person over 90k ASL for less than $30k.

Didn't that plane have the same problem with multiple trips?

Also, who wants to go to the edge of space. What's the point if you aren't going to be fully orbital and experiencing micro-gravity.

This would presumably include enough space to get out of your chair and float.


I assume viewing the Earth from that distance is still awesome
 
2020-07-05 1:33:39 PM  

Gubbo: eurotrader: A F104 can take a person over 90k ASL for less than $30k.

Didn't that plane have the same problem with multiple trips?

Also, who wants to go to the edge of space. What's the point if you aren't going to be fully orbital and experiencing micro-gravity.

This would presumably include enough space to get out of your chair and float.


A bunch of F104s crashed. I got a courtesy flight  in a F4 once and it was awesome.
 
2020-07-05 2:05:21 PM  
"Edge of space" is some bullshiat.  If I asked a taxi to drop me off at the edge of the airport, I'd be pretty pissed if they took my money then dumped me on the sidewalk a third of the way there.
 
2020-07-05 2:51:58 PM  

Professor Science: "Edge of space" is some bullshiat.  If I asked a taxi to drop me off at the edge of the airport, I'd be pretty pissed if they took my money then dumped me on the sidewalk a third of the way there.


This
It goes up 100,000 feet, which is ~ 19 miles. The edge of space is ~60 miles.
I'm sure the view is still fantastic, especially if there's a big aurora going on, but ti's not the edge of space.
 
2020-07-05 3:11:50 PM  
My prediction is that they take shiatloads of investor money and then disappear.
 
2020-07-05 3:25:57 PM  
Unless i go into orbit, I am just wasting money by giving it to someone else running a scam
 
2020-07-05 3:28:19 PM  
Lifted by hydrogen, eh?  One trip per customer sounds probable.
 
2020-07-05 3:29:47 PM  
As the WWN used to put it...."From HERE to......Eternity"  when running a story on a fitting catastrophe.
 
2020-07-05 3:48:02 PM  
Until recently you could book a flight in a MiG25 up to 50,000ft for € 17500 link to waiting list

MiG25 has the record with 123,520ft (I think they launched either a satellite or satellite killer once).  The MiG31 might be faster, but never broke that record.  But that didn't carry an extra person, and the g-forces were killer (you still get 7.5g on the "50k run").

As far as I know, all "planes" that broke the Kármán line are rocket planes (X-15, Spaceship 1, ???).
/??? note: does not include Spaceship 2
//although I think it meets the "old" requirement for astronaut wings
///just a bit too low for 100km.
 
2020-07-05 3:51:18 PM  
Get me a plastic trash can, some duct tape, and a gross or two of Estes type D rocket engines.  I'll get you to the edge of space.
 
2020-07-05 6:00:53 PM  

MindStalker: Gubbo: eurotrader: A F104 can take a person over 90k ASL for less than $30k.

Didn't that plane have the same problem with multiple trips?

Also, who wants to go to the edge of space. What's the point if you aren't going to be fully orbital and experiencing micro-gravity.

This would presumably include enough space to get out of your chair and float.

I assume viewing the Earth from that distance is still awesome


That's what cameras are for.
For 30k or more, I'd want to float.
 
2020-07-05 6:22:55 PM  

006andahalf: Lifted by hydrogen, eh?  One trip per customer sounds probable.


Hydrogen got a bad rap with the Hindenburg, but we don't try to store it in inflated pig bladders anymore either.
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Its safe and stable when properly handled. Well, you know, when it isn't contained in an assemblage of sewn together pig bladders, while surrounded by a large flammable skin coated with a highly conductive and excessively flammable aluminum powder, all while spinning propellers so as to build up the largest possible electrical charge.
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Also has better lift and is not a rapidly diminishing non-renewable resource.
 
2020-07-05 7:32:44 PM  

Dryad: 006andahalf: Lifted by hydrogen, eh?  One trip per customer sounds probable.

Hydrogen got a bad rap with the Hindenburg, but we don't try to store it in inflated pig bladders anymore either.
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Its safe and stable when properly handled. Well, you know, when it isn't contained in an assemblage of sewn together pig bladders, while surrounded by a large flammable skin coated with a highly conductive and excessively flammable aluminum powder, all while spinning propellers so as to build up the largest possible electrical charge.
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Also has better lift and is not a rapidly diminishing non-renewable resource.


Helium is constantly being produced in the Earth. We also have lots and lots and lots of it.
 
2020-07-05 8:47:36 PM  

born_yesterday: Get me a plastic trash can, some duct tape, and a gross or two of Estes type D rocket engines.  I'll get you to the edge of space.


Are you addressing this to the fark squirrel?  Because Randal Monroe already did the calculations and it would take 65k type E9-4 engines to get a squirrel into space.  Expect some tricky design because it would also take 25-30 stages.  And the followup, "getting into orbit" is in the "don't even ask" size.

https://what-if.xkcd.com/24/

/there are 10 types of space nerds
//those who play KSP and know all too well the tyranny of the rocket equation
///and those who presumably are waiting for 2.0
 
2020-07-05 9:36:22 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: born_yesterday: Get me a plastic trash can, some duct tape, and a gross or two of Estes type D rocket engines.  I'll get you to the edge of space.

Are you addressing this to the fark squirrel?  Because Randal Monroe already did the calculations and it would take 65k type E9-4 engines to get a squirrel into space.  Expect some tricky design because it would also take 25-30 stages.  And the followup, "getting into orbit" is in the "don't even ask" size.

https://what-if.xkcd.com/24/

/there are 10 types of space nerds
//those who play KSP and know all too well the tyranny of the rocket equation
///and those who presumably are waiting for 2.0


That's funny, thanks.  I actually went to the Estes site, and now I want to buy a rocket again.
 
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