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(Parabolic Arc)   Can you say Billionaire Space Race? Richard Branson rumored to take his rickety plane up before Bezos flies Darth Helmet   (parabolicarc.com) divider line
    More: Stupid, Space tourism, Virgin Galactic, suborbital flight, Richard Branson, operator's license, Blue Origin, Sub-orbital spaceflight, VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo rocket plane  
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277 clicks; posted to STEM » on 08 Jun 2021 at 8:47 PM (3 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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3 days ago  
Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!

/zzzzzzzzz
 
3 days ago  
Hugo Drax vs Dr Evil?
 
3 days ago  
Branson's record has been....... Interesting.

Virgin Atlantic crossing? Boat sank. Crew had to be rescued.
Virgin balloon crossing? More or less crashed in Northern Ireland and the tanks fell off and because he didn't jump he was shot back up a few thousand feet. Again, had to be rescued.
His Atlantic attempt in a sailing boat? Hit by a wave. The front fell off. Attempt abandoned.
First test flight of his airlines 747? Engine blew up.
Test flight of his SpaceShipTwo? Crashed, pilot killed.

I'm not sure rushing into a flight just to beat some other rich guy is a great idea.
 
3 days ago  
All these idiots and their big bottle rockets.

All you have to do is get a reaaaaaaaaaly big slingshot and some roller skates.
 
3 days ago  

NotCodger: Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!

/zzzzzzzzz


Who will go boom first, more like.

Sending important wealthy individuals up in these things is not a great idea.
 
3 days ago  

NotCodger: Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!
/zzzzzzzzz


Particularly when they're only short suborbital hops. That might have been significant back in the 1950s but these days we should set the bar at completing at least one full orbit. Otherwise you're sitting at the kids table with the students sending weather balloons up to "the edge of space".
 
3 days ago  

leeksfromchichis: All these idiots and their big bottle rockets.

All you have to do is get a reaaaaaaaaaly big slingshot and some roller skates.


You need a hill too.
 
3 days ago  

Ivo Shandor: NotCodger: Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!
/zzzzzzzzz

Particularly when they're only short suborbital hops. That might have been significant back in the 1950s but these days we should set the bar at completing at least one full orbit. Otherwise you're sitting at the kids table with the students sending weather balloons up to "the edge of space".


They are still doing something less than a thousand people have done. And most millionaires can't afford a Crew Dragon flight so there should be a market if they get the cadence up.

Carter Pewterschmidt: Branson's record has been....... Interesting.

Virgin Atlantic crossing? Boat sank. Crew had to be rescued.
Virgin balloon crossing? More or less crashed in Northern Ireland and the tanks fell off and because he didn't jump he was shot back up a few thousand feet. Again, had to be rescued.
His Atlantic attempt in a sailing boat? Hit by a wave. The front fell off. Attempt abandoned.
First test flight of his airlines 747? Engine blew up.
Test flight of his SpaceShipTwo? Crashed, pilot killed.

I'm not sure rushing into a flight just to beat some other rich guy is a great idea.


Yeah, I am a bit concerned he wants to go before being ready. I don't mind him risking his life, but he is also risking the crew.  Say what you will about Bezos, but he's erring on the side of taking too long as the New Shepard been ready for several years.
 
3 days ago  

Mr. Eugenides: leeksfromchichis: All these idiots and their big bottle rockets.

All you have to do is get a reaaaaaaaaaly big slingshot and some roller skates.

You need a hill too.


Or a little ramp at the end like so

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3 days ago  

leeksfromchichis: Mr. Eugenides: leeksfromchichis: All these idiots and their big bottle rockets.

All you have to do is get a reaaaaaaaaaly big slingshot and some roller skates.

You need a hill too.

Or a little ramp at the end like so

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You got like 3 feet of air that time.
 
3 days ago  

2fardownthread: NotCodger: Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!

/zzzzzzzzz

Who will go boom first, more like.

Sending important wealthy individuals up in these things is not a great idea.


If we don't blow them up in the sky, how else will they trickle down on the rest of us?
 
3 days ago  

2fardownthread: NotCodger: Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!

/zzzzzzzzz

Who will go boom first, more like.

Sending important wealthy individuals up in these things is not a great idea.


Nobody important, just billionaires.
 
3 days ago  
Is there where old Bill sabotages them all and becomes number one richest man again?
 
3 days ago  
Good submission subs.

Not related but it seems that Mr.Darth (the richest man now... well he is today anyway) has decided unilaterally that anyone owning or using almost any Alexa device or Alexa app.  (e.g. ring camera, echo devices etc.) gets to not only share all your data with vendors but that comes with the caveat that you get to cover the cost of using your personal bandwidth. So opting out is just so much fun with the convenient finding all all the details then following them.

/ Now, how cool is that?
//bless his little green and black heart . What a easy way to get ahead... gosh that is thoughtful.

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//sorry off topic just wanted to share the after the fact opt-in
 
3 days ago  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Branson's record has been....... Interesting.

Virgin Atlantic crossing? Boat sank. Crew had to be rescued.
Virgin balloon crossing? More or less crashed in Northern Ireland and the tanks fell off and because he didn't jump he was shot back up a few thousand feet. Again, had to be rescued.
His Atlantic attempt in a sailing boat? Hit by a wave. The front fell off. Attempt abandoned.
First test flight of his airlines 747? Engine blew up.
Test flight of his SpaceShipTwo? Crashed, pilot killed.

I'm not sure rushing into a flight just to beat some other rich guy is a great idea.


Billionaires sacrificing themselves for their own egos?

Where can I sign 500 up?
 
3 days ago  
Sub-orbital? That's barely above the little fluffy clouds.
 
3 days ago  
Launch all the billionaires in space.
 
3 days ago  
I wonder if these guys will statistically affect the causes of death for billionaires and add a new category of 'death by attempted spaceflight'.

We can hope. I feel certain that if they both suffered the results of their own hubris, then the world would become a little bit nicer.
 
3 days ago  

NotCodger: Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!

/zzzzzzzzz


the first to explode in orbit. the anticipation is overwhelming.
 
3 days ago  

max_rebo_groupie: Launch all the billionaires in space.


drop 'em off at the moon.
 
3 days ago  

leeksfromchichis: 2fardownthread: NotCodger: Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!

/zzzzzzzzz

Who will go boom first, more like.

Sending important wealthy individuals up in these things is not a great idea.

Nobody important, just billionaires.


Legends in their own Mind.
 
3 days ago  

2fardownthread: NotCodger: Who will go first? Oh, the drama! The excitement!

/zzzzzzzzz

Who will go boom first, more like.

Sending important wealthy individuals up in these things is not a great idea.


I think it's a perfect idea. Do not conflate important with wealthy.
 
3 days ago  
If you can afford it, going to space is an awesome experience.

Source: My cousin went to space, he said it was awesome. (He went on the taxpayer's dime)
 
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