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
The Antares rocket with the space vehicle-truck Cygnus was launched from wallops flight facility in Virginia on the US East coast. This is the second flight of Cygnus to the International space station and the first of eight scheduled flights that are under contract with the National Agency of Aeronautics and space will carry out a private firm Orbital Sciences.
The docking of Cygnus with the International space station is scheduled for Sunday, January 12th. The ship will deliver to the station’s scientific equipment, as well as clothing and food for the ISS crew.
Initially, the launch of Cygnus was scheduled for December 19, but the launch was postponed for technical reasons.
The launch was performed the next day after NASA announced the decision to extend its participation in the ISS project until 2024, that is four years longer than previously planned.
Today, however, flights of private vehicles is not a novelty. The first launch of “private owners” was completed on may 22, 2012, then the Dragon spacecraft headed successfully to the international space station. American South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk, sold in 2002, he created PayPal, decade put to private ships plied the space. It took him less than $1 billion of private investment to a hitch, which NASA refused for lack of funds. Continue reading
25 000 light years from Earth discovered a huge planet eight times bigger than Jupiter
An international team of astronomers has discovered a world that is 2,500 times the size of Earth.
A planet called MOA-2011-BLG-322 about 8 times that of Jupiter, which is the largest planet in our solar system. Astronomers believe it orbits around a star, distant from us at a distance of 25 000 light-years and with a mass equal to a third of the Sun.
Huge world, exceeding the size of the Earth 2,500 times, was discovered by an international team of astronomers. Artistic representation of an unknown planet
As reported by Ian O’neill in Discovery News, the giant planet was discovered using a technology known as “microlensing”.
Microlensing uses the General theory of relativity of albert Einstein, which assumes that gravity is actually the curvature of space and time. Continue reading