Soon everyone will fly into space

Long-standing plans by British billionaire Richard Branson about the organization of space flights is nearing realization. Recently, the head of the Virgin group of companies presented the public with aircraft with a rocket engine called SpaceShipTwo, which will be used for commercial flights into space.

“I know that there are literally thousands wanting to be in space to be able to look out the window, admiring the beautiful Land,” — said the billionaire. At the presentation of SpaceShipTwo in California, he said, dreamed of going into space since then, as seen on TV landing on the moon. Presents the aircraft will undergo tests over the next 18 months, before the first tourists will be able to take a short excursion outside the Earth’s atmosphere. About three hundred people have already applied for the flight is $200 thousand during the six minutes of weightlessness.

SpaceShipTwo, built from lightweight composite materials based on carbon and is equipped with a rocket engine on a hybrid fuel. The basis for its development was the project SpaceShipOne — aircraft, lifting into the air booster. He became the world’s first private space ship and made a series of flights in 2004, reports the BBC . Continue reading

Great Hiking on the moon

China completed test heavy carrier rocket “Changzheng-5” (“long March 5”), which will be the basis for its lunar missions. Federal news Agency – at what level is the celestial space.

About the end of the test “Changzheng-5” according to the Chinese media. The development of these rockets was originally planned to be completed in 2008, but funding was only allocated in 2007. In the end, the first tests began in September of last year, and the first test flight is scheduled for September. In 2017 it is planned with the help of this rocket launch to the Earth return vehicle “Chang’e-5” to collect the local soil.

“Changzheng-5” refers to the basic Chinese family of rockets, named in honor of the legendary long March of the Communists in the Civil war in China. “Changzheng-1” was created on the basis of a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead “Dongfeng-4”, launched in 1970 the first Chinese satellite. In fact, from this time begins the history of taikonautti – space Chinese.

However, prior to the 1990-2000-ies the development of the Chinese space was neither good, nor bad. And only in the last 10-20 years there was a serious success. But the speed of development was downright cosmic. Continue reading

Space tourism

“Look at the Earth from space” — many believe this is his dream, and I want to say that it is real. For this you will need some kind of billion. And before you the most exclusive in the world tour. Of course, tours offer only a couple of times a year and extensive training is needed, but in any case should not stop the applicant unreal adventures.

So, let’s go directly on the tour:

Space tourists go to the destination to the manned Soyuz spacecraft. Not to say that you will fly in comfort, but to the very door of the “hotel”. The flight will take approximately 6-7 hours, but the road back is shorter by almost 2 times.

Also there is another way – it is suborbital flights. You climb to a height of about 100 km 5-6 minutes of weightlessness and back to Earth. It’s not as interesting as a few days, for example, on the ISS, but still exciting and also much cheaper. The price hovers around one million rubles. Agree – it is significantly different from full-fledged space flight. Continue reading

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