Blue Origin casts a shadow over Virgin Galactic before Richard Branson’s flight
On July 11, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, could fly into space at SpaceShipTwo to evaluate the company’s private astronaut experience. If you ask a rival company, Blue Origin, Branson really won’t get anywhere. Some tweetsThe space company, owned by Jeff Bezos, compared what its New Shepard suborbital vehicle could do with SpaceShipTwo’s capabilities. First on the list? The company said New Shepard was designed to fly over the Karman line, not a competitor’s vehicle.
The Kármán line is the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space, as defined by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. It is defined as 100 kilometers or 62 miles above sea level, and according to Blue Origin, “96 percent of the world’s population” recognizes it as the beginning of space. Blue Origin plans to offer its customers a 10-minute flight with a height reaching the Karman line. Meanwhile, Virgin Galactic website says its flights will fly “at an altitude of” about 300,000 feet (57 miles). It does not reach the Karman line, although it is higher than what NASA and the US government have set as the beginning of space (50 miles above sea level).
In addition to comparing the maximum heights of vehicles, Blue Origin, New Shepard’s the largest windows in space. Also, the New Shepard is a rocket, but SpaceShipTwo is just a tall plane, according to Blue Origin. The company Virgin Galactic released the comparison after Branson planned a space trip before Jeff Bezos – a multi-billionaire and his brother Blue Origin will join the first suborbital tourist flight scheduled to launch on July 20.
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