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(Defector)   Billionaires have made the impossible possible: they made spaceflight uncool   (defector.com) divider line
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5 days ago  
Who, this guy?
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Not cool?
 
5 days ago  
They made space TOURISM uncool. Space exploration is still muy awesome-o.
 
4 days ago  
This is more like the spaceflight equivalent of incels.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
Jesus what a whiny piece of entitled crap.
 
4 days ago  

GardenWeasel: Jesus what a whiny piece of entitled crap.


I mean the writer, not Bezos.
 
4 days ago  
Cramped, smelly, dangerous, with bad food and no showers.  So sexy.
 
4 days ago  
I, for one, am looking forward to the first billionaires that experience the challenges of space flight firsthand.
That is going to be a priceless day.
 
4 days ago  
I guess nobody should root those sorts of things, but they are inevitable as space flight has proven.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
You think it's uncool now?
Wait until our grandkids are indentured servants on asteroids owning their soul to the company O2 & Soylant store.
/study it out!
 
4 days ago  
If you have to launch yourself into space to realize we should stop killing our planet then you're either incredibly stupid or a lying piece of shiat. I have my opinion which it is.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

blastoh: [Fark user image 425x391]


I didn't realize they launched from Japan
 
4 days ago  

Bslim: Who, this guy?
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Not cool?


God, he looks like Lex Luthor if Netflix owned the DCU.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

MurphyMurphy: You think it's uncool now?
Wait until our grandkids are indentured servants on asteroids owning their soul to the company O2 & Soylant store.
/study it out!


Spotted the Belter.
 
4 days ago  

pehvbot: MurphyMurphy: You think it's uncool now?
Wait until our grandkids are indentured servants on asteroids owning their soul to the company O2 & Soylant store.
/study it out!

Spotted the Belter.


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4 days ago  
I'm increasingly certain that all of Elon's rocket sideline effort is intended to make Elon himself the first man to set foot on Mars.

/pretty sure he fully intends to walk on the moon someday
//hasn't he as much as said so?
 
4 days ago  
Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?
 
4 days ago  

fragMasterFlash: They made space TOURISM uncool. Space exploration is still muy awesome-o.


If Bezos had his dick in it, I'm not interested
 
4 days ago  
Meh.  In a couple weeks, this will blow over.  People will move on to the next outrage.

And the first (hopefully successful) test of the Starship / Super Heavy combo will have a lot of cheering fans.

I wonder how much of the 'journalistic' harrumphing was due to Russian action or OldSpace not appreciating the newcomers?  Isn't ULA pretty pissed with B.O. dropping the ball on the BE-4 engine?
 
4 days ago  
The envy is strong with this one...
 
4 days ago  
Couldn't they have ridden the Vomit Comet like 34 trips for the same money as the projected average of $250K a ticket?
 
4 days ago  

leeksfromchichis: fragMasterFlash: They made space TOURISM uncool. Space exploration is still muy awesome-o.

If Bezos had his dick in it, I'm not interested


To be fair, Donnie had the same effect with Stormy Daniels.
 
4 days ago  

FarkingChas: Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?


No, real space is 100 kilometers up, he made it.
 
4 days ago  

leeksfromchichis: fragMasterFlash: They made space TOURISM uncool. Space exploration is still muy awesome-o.

If Bezos had his dick in it, I'm not interested


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I don't know, Mackenzie seems kind of nice.
 
4 days ago  

FarkingChas: Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?


The Karman Line is 100km, or 66 miles - I think.
 
4 days ago  
The article has a point in that these launches were boring as shiat.  Not only are they fairly meaningless as far as milestones in space travel, but they were also boring to watch.  Say what you will about Musk, but SpaceX has accomplished more important milestones, and done it with much better production value.  I still occasionally re-watch the first Falcon Heavy launch.

I'm sure at this point, SpaceX could be putting paying tourists into orbit on the Crew Dragon, if they really wanted to.  Do a few orbits around the planet and all this "they weren't really in space" commentary would fade out quickly.  The fact they're not really pursuing that revenue stream does say something positive about the company's vision and mission.
 
4 days ago  

karl2025: FarkingChas: Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?

No, real space is 100 kilometers up, he made it.


tyyreaunn: FarkingChas: Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?

The Karman Line is 100km, or 66 miles - I think.


Thanks. I had the units mixed up. Branson went to 80 Km. Bezos went to 100 Km. Not that much difference for the amount of shade Bezos spewed. I would rather ride Bransons. From the videos, it looks more comfortable.

Did the booster land? Any video of that?
 
4 days ago  

tyyreaunn: The article has a point in that these launches were boring as shiat.  Not only are they fairly meaningless as far as milestones in space travel, but they were also boring to watch.  Say what you will about Musk, but SpaceX has accomplished more important milestones, and done it with much better production value.  I still occasionally re-watch the first Falcon Heavy launch.

I'm sure at this point, SpaceX could be putting paying tourists into orbit on the Crew Dragon, if they really wanted to.  Do a few orbits around the planet and all this "they weren't really in space" commentary would fade out quickly.  The fact they're not really pursuing that revenue stream does say something positive about the company's vision and mission.


But someone IS paying Musk to do that.  In the fall, I think. It will be a 3 hour tour day flight.
 
4 days ago  

tyyreaunn: The article has a point in that these launches were boring as shiat.  Not only are they fairly meaningless as far as milestones in space travel, but they were also boring to watch.  Say what you will about Musk, but SpaceX has accomplished more important milestones, and done it with much better production value.  I still occasionally re-watch the first Falcon Heavy launch.

I'm sure at this point, SpaceX could be putting paying tourists into orbit on the Crew Dragon, if they really wanted to.  Do a few orbits around the planet and all this "they weren't really in space" commentary would fade out quickly.  The fact they're not really pursuing that revenue stream does say something positive about the company's vision and mission.


Umm, SpaceX most certainly is pursuing space tourism.  The Inspiration 4 mission is launching in a few months with 4 tourists on a 3 day trip.  They even replaced the ISS docking adapter with a viewing dome.

Amusingly the dome is also where the toilet is so you can watch the earth go by while you experience the joys of crapping in microgravity.
 
4 days ago  

FarkingChas: karl2025: FarkingChas: Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?

No, real space is 100 kilometers up, he made it.

tyyreaunn: FarkingChas: Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?

The Karman Line is 100km, or 66 miles - I think.

Thanks. I had the units mixed up. Branson went to 80 Km. Bezos went to 100 Km. Not that much difference for the amount of shade Bezos spewed. I would rather ride Bransons. From the videos, it looks more comfortable.

Did the booster land? Any video of that?


The booster landed successfully.  Blue Origin has been landing the New Shepard boosters on all their test flights.

Although I don't *know* this one came back intact, I *do* know that, if it had crashed, we would have heard about it on every news source and internet feed, with breathless articles about Bezos & Co's close call.
 
4 days ago  

Glockenspiel Hero: tyyreaunn: The article has a point in that these launches were boring as shiat.  Not only are they fairly meaningless as far as milestones in space travel, but they were also boring to watch.  Say what you will about Musk, but SpaceX has accomplished more important milestones, and done it with much better production value.  I still occasionally re-watch the first Falcon Heavy launch.

I'm sure at this point, SpaceX could be putting paying tourists into orbit on the Crew Dragon, if they really wanted to.  Do a few orbits around the planet and all this "they weren't really in space" commentary would fade out quickly.  The fact they're not really pursuing that revenue stream does say something positive about the company's vision and mission.

Umm, SpaceX most certainly is pursuing space tourism.  The Inspiration 4 mission is launching in a few months with 4 tourists on a 3 day trip.  They even replaced the ISS docking adapter with a viewing dome.

Amusingly the dome is also where the toilet is so you can watch the earth go by while you experience the joys of crapping in microgravity.


September 15, 2021.  Be there.  Aloha.

That one is just going to park in orbit for a few days (albeit at a higher altitude than the ISS).  SpaceX also has another civilian passenger flight slated for later this year that will take several people up for several days at the ISS.
 
4 days ago  

cefm: If you have to launch yourself into space to realize we should stop killing our planet then you're either incredibly stupid or a lying piece of shiat. I have my opinion which it is.


Used to be rich guys had to go all the way to India to realize they didn't need any money. I guess inflation is a biatch.
 
4 days ago  
That's because spaceflight has enjoyed the mythos of common person achieving their way into the coolest job on the planet and it's inspiring.

When you use your vast riches to buy your way there, people aren't inspired by that at all.
 
4 days ago  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Did the booster land? Any video of that?


Yes. It was live via a drone shot, unlike the SpaceX ocean landings that always lose their feed right before touchdown.
 
4 days ago  
We should nuke space and launch a whole shiatload of bolts and nuts into space, so the billionaires can't go.

Problem solved.
 
4 days ago  

FarkingChas: karl2025: FarkingChas: Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?

No, real space is 100 kilometers up, he made it.

tyyreaunn: FarkingChas: Questions: Did the booster from Bezos flight make a landing?
From the video, it looks like they went to 66 miles up. He was throwing shade at Virgin for only going up to 50 miles because "real" space is at 100 miles. But he only went to 66. Correct?

The Karman Line is 100km, or 66 miles - I think.

Thanks. I had the units mixed up. Branson went to 80 Km. Bezos went to 100 Km. Not that much difference for the amount of shade Bezos spewed. I would rather ride Bransons. From the videos, it looks more comfortable.

Did the booster land? Any video of that?


I believe so, yes.
 
4 days ago  

AmbassadorBooze: We should nuke space and launch a whole shiatload of bolts and nuts into space, so the billionaires can't go.

Problem solved.


Been there, didn't work.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/sc​i​ence/article/why-the-us-once-set-off-a​-nuclear-bomb-in-space-called-starfish​-prime
 
4 days ago  

GardenWeasel: AmbassadorBooze: We should nuke space and launch a whole shiatload of bolts and nuts into space, so the billionaires can't go.

Problem solved.

Been there, didn't work.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/sci​ence/article/why-the-us-once-set-off-a​-nuclear-bomb-in-space-called-starfish​-prime


Just use more nukes.

As many as it takes to make it so billionaires are stuck here on earth with us.  Kill their dreams, the way they kill ours.
 
4 days ago  

FarkingChas: But someone IS paying Musk to do that. In the fall, I think. It will be a 3 hour tour day flight.


Glockenspiel Hero: Umm, SpaceX most certainly is pursuing space tourism. The Inspiration 4 mission is launching in a few months with 4 tourists on a 3 day trip. They even replaced the ISS docking adapter with a viewing dome.

Amusingly the dome is also where the toilet is so you can watch the earth go by while you experience the joys of crapping in microgravity.


Huh - didn't realize that.  Just read up on it.

Eh, at least SpaceX never tried to part fools from their money by flying them straight up to 100km for 4 minutes.  It sounds like 2022 tickets to the ISS are $55M, compared to the guy who paid $28M to be "first" on Bezos' flight.
 
4 days ago  

FarkingChas: tyyreaunn: The article has a point in that these launches were boring as shiat.  Not only are they fairly meaningless as far as milestones in space travel, but they were also boring to watch.  Say what you will about Musk, but SpaceX has accomplished more important milestones, and done it with much better production value.  I still occasionally re-watch the first Falcon Heavy launch.

I'm sure at this point, SpaceX could be putting paying tourists into orbit on the Crew Dragon, if they really wanted to.  Do a few orbits around the planet and all this "they weren't really in space" commentary would fade out quickly.  The fact they're not really pursuing that revenue stream does say something positive about the company's vision and mission.

But someone IS paying Musk to do that.  In the fall, I think. It will be a 3 hour tour day flight.


Elon Musk just takes that money and puts it in his pocket, huh?
 
4 days ago  

Likwit: FarkingChas: tyyreaunn: The article has a point in that these launches were boring as shiat.  Not only are they fairly meaningless as far as milestones in space travel, but they were also boring to watch.  Say what you will about Musk, but SpaceX has accomplished more important milestones, and done it with much better production value.  I still occasionally re-watch the first Falcon Heavy launch.

I'm sure at this point, SpaceX could be putting paying tourists into orbit on the Crew Dragon, if they really wanted to.  Do a few orbits around the planet and all this "they weren't really in space" commentary would fade out quickly.  The fact they're not really pursuing that revenue stream does say something positive about the company's vision and mission.

But someone IS paying Musk to do that.  In the fall, I think. It will be a 3 hour tour day flight.

Elon Musk just takes that money and puts it in his pocket, huh?


No. He is using the money to modify the capsule. And then to pay for the cost of a launch and capsule recovery. Duh. Musk is not paying for the capsule modification from SpaceX funds.
Did you have some kind of point?
 
4 days ago  
Bezos is proof the idea that voluntary charity can solve our society's problems is total bullsh*t. That MFer has more money than anyone should have and what does he do with it; does he enrich the lives of those who work for him, the people who made him rich and continue to make him even richer? F*ck no, he spends his money on himself in ways that do almost no one else any good.
 
4 days ago  

FarkingChas: Likwit: FarkingChas: tyyreaunn: The article has a point in that these launches were boring as shiat.  Not only are they fairly meaningless as far as milestones in space travel, but they were also boring to watch.  Say what you will about Musk, but SpaceX has accomplished more important milestones, and done it with much better production value.  I still occasionally re-watch the first Falcon Heavy launch.

I'm sure at this point, SpaceX could be putting paying tourists into orbit on the Crew Dragon, if they really wanted to.  Do a few orbits around the planet and all this "they weren't really in space" commentary would fade out quickly.  The fact they're not really pursuing that revenue stream does say something positive about the company's vision and mission.

But someone IS paying Musk to do that.  In the fall, I think. It will be a 3 hour tour day flight.

Elon Musk just takes that money and puts it in his pocket, huh?

No. He is using the money to modify the capsule. And then to pay for the cost of a launch and capsule recovery. Duh. Musk is not paying for the capsule modification from SpaceX funds.
Did you have some kind of point?


I just think it's funny you talk about it like he's handling the money and making all the decisions and whatnot. On fark, Elon Musk is both all powerful and the biggest idiot in the world.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
Likwit:
I just think it's funny you talk about it like he's handling the money and making all the decisions and whatnot. On fark, Elon Musk is both all powerful and the biggest idiot in the world.

Haters just gotta hate. Amiright?
You think SpaceX would accept the mission without Musk's OK?
 
4 days ago  
Also uncool?
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4 days ago  
LoL, nope. Keep pressing that narrative. It won't get you anywhere. Certainly not almost space.
 
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