Wow!  What a bargain!  Well, except that you’re not aboard a rocket ship like Bezo’s Blue Horizon.  And it doesn’t really go into space.

Virgin Galactic is “rocket plane” attacked to the underbelly of a regular airplane that carries the “plane” up to an attitude of 50,000 feet where the engine of the “rocket plane” kick in and takes the plane to 282,773 feet, about 53.5 miles or 86 kilometers.

In 1959, the X-15 rocket plane was carried aloft by a regular jet to an altitude of 50,000 feet when it then fired its rocket engine and went up to an altitude of 100 kilometers.

So, when you fly Virgin Galactic, you are using the same technology developed in 1959 and you are not actually entering space.  And you’re not actually in a rocket ship.  Besides that, you’re getting a hell of a deal.

The first official definition of space came from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (the predecessor to NASA), who decided space began at 81 kilometers (50 miles) above the Earth’s surface.  4% of the world’s scientists accept this as the correct standard.

The World Air Sports Federation (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI), defines the beginning of space is approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) above the surface.

The Karman Line is accepted by 96% of the world’s scientists who agreed that space starts at 100 kilometers.  Blue Horizon went to 106 Kilometers (351,000 feet) and did so in a true rocket ship.

Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic is a billionaire who almost went broke when his cruise line was halted by the Covid virus.  He’s also spent hundreds of millions developing Virgin Galactic.  He needs to make up for those losses.  He needs your support.  Hey, if a guy needs to lie to keep his billionaire status, well, Trump did it, why not Richard.




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