World View space tourism startup completes successful high-altitude test flight

Shawn Knight

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Interested in seeing our home planet from the edge of space but can't spare the $250,000 that a trip with Virgin Galactic commands? Fret not, as a mere $75,000 is all you'll need to scrape together for a ride from...

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If Nasa wanted a guinea pig for a flight to Mars,I'll go.
I would love to be on the space station right now.
 
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Nah, I've NEVER heard of a ballooning accident. Safe as mortgaged houses.
 

yukka

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Yeah what happens when a piece of space junk perforates the balloon 23 miles above the earth. Parachutes on standby?
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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Where are they based? I want to hide in the craft and avoid the $75,000 cost.
Don't be so cheap, if you pay for me I'll go with you. :) You can always try stowing away in the helium envelope but I don't know what you'll be able to see from there. Be sure to dress warmly and expect to sound like Donald Duck for a few weeks afterwards.
 
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Skidmarksdeluxe

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Yeah what happens when a piece of space junk perforates the balloon 23 miles above the earth. Parachutes on standby?
There's bound to be emergency procedures put in place by then. C'mon man, live on the edge a bit, you could be hit by a bus while crossing the street tomorrow.
 
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cliffordcooley

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Yeah what happens when a piece of space junk perforates the balloon 23 miles above the earth. Parachutes on standby?
Just think they could pay us 75K to go up and collect this junk. Before long there wouldn't be anything left floating around.
Does this 75 grand include the return fare?
Who needs return fair, falling is free. lol
I wouldn't pay £75k to get hit by a bus
You know some people don't have the courage to do it alone. :)
 
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At 23 miles above Earth most falling debris would have already burned up, in fact you wouldn't even experience any zero gravity at that altitude, but if you left the capsule without a space suit your blood would boil as the oxygen bubbles in your bloodstream expands to boiling point pretty much instantaneously.

If space debris survived atmospheric reentry at 23 miles above earth then people on the ground would have a lot more to worry about.
 

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At 23 miles above Earth most falling debris would have already burned up, in fact you wouldn't even experience any zero gravity at that altitude, but if you left the capsule without a space suit your blood would boil as the oxygen bubbles in your bloodstream expands to boiling point pretty much instantaneously.

If space debris survived atmospheric reentry at 23 miles above earth then people on the ground would have a lot more to worry about.
Except that we aren't talking about random space debris are we? You didn't really read the article did you?