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Old June 13th 07, 08:28 PM posted to sci.space.policy
Alex Terrell
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6749873.stm

I wonder if they'll be able to compete with Virgin.

Will this prompt Boeing into the market?

Could this be used for high speed point to point flights? The cabin
looks like it has room for 10 people.

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Old June 14th 07, 12:32 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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Alex Terrell wrote:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6749873.stm


The cabin looks like it has room for 10 people.


Seems they are only claiming four:

Astrium says there will be room for four passengers on each
mission. Towards the top of the climb, these individuals will
be able to float free in the cabin and look through large
windows at the planet below.

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Old June 14th 07, 04:35 PM posted to sci.space.policy
Glen Overby[_1_]
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Alex Terrell wrote:
I wonder if they'll be able to compete with Virgin.


To me, it looks like thats exactly what they want to do. EADS is owned by two
Governments, so apparently they aren't happy with capitalism having something.

Glen Overby

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Old June 15th 07, 12:40 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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Alex Terrell wrote:

Could this be used for high speed point to point flights?


No.

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Old June 15th 07, 09:41 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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On 14 Jun, 00:32, Rick Jones wrote:
Alex Terrell wrote:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6749873.stm
The cabin looks like it has room for 10 people.


Seems they are only claiming four:

Astrium says there will be room for four passengers on each
mission. Towards the top of the climb, these individuals will
be able to float free in the cabin and look through large
windows at the planet below.

But if you look at how much space they have - its what you'd expect if
you spend 200,000 dollars.

How about if you spend $40,000, could you fly across the Atlantic in
an hour, with 10 in the cabin?


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Old June 15th 07, 10:18 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 01:41:00 -0700, Alex Terrell
wrote:

On 14 Jun, 00:32, Rick Jones wrote:
Alex Terrell wrote:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6749873.stm
The cabin looks like it has room for 10 people.


Seems they are only claiming four:

Astrium says there will be room for four passengers on each
mission. Towards the top of the climb, these individuals will
be able to float free in the cabin and look through large
windows at the planet below.

But if you look at how much space they have - its what you'd expect if
you spend 200,000 dollars.

How about if you spend $40,000, could you fly across the Atlantic in
an hour, with 10 in the cabin?


You could do it, along with 100 others, in a little over 3 hours for
less than US$4000 .... and still wearing ordinary clothing.

But that was 30 years ago and things have progressed since then.

No floating around though but you can experience that, albeit short
term, for almost next to nothing now.


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Old June 15th 07, 09:36 PM posted to sci.space.policy
Fred J. McCall
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Default EADS going for sub orbital tourist flights

Alex Terrell wrote:

:
:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6749873.stm
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:I wonder if they'll be able to compete with Virgin.
:
:Will this prompt Boeing into the market?
:

I doubt it. Reading the article, this sounds more like marketing than
a business plan. Still "looking for industrial partners over the next
year" and at the stage were "if development work starts".

:
:Could this be used for high speed point to point flights? The cabin
:looks like it has room for 10 people.
:

The article says 4 passengers. I doubt it would be any faster than
other airplanes used point to point.

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Old June 15th 07, 09:54 PM posted to sci.space.policy
Fred J. McCall
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Default EADS going for sub orbital tourist flights

Alex Terrell wrote:

:On 14 Jun, 00:32, Rick Jones wrote:
: Alex Terrell wrote:
: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6749873.stm
: The cabin looks like it has room for 10 people.
:
: Seems they are only claiming four:
:
: Astrium says there will be room for four passengers on each
: mission. Towards the top of the climb, these individuals will
: be able to float free in the cabin and look through large
: windows at the planet below.
:
:But if you look at how much space they have - its what you'd expect if
:you spend 200,000 dollars.
:
:How about if you spend $40,000, could you fly across the Atlantic in
:an hour, with 10 in the cabin?
:

No. Too far and too many people.


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Old June 18th 07, 11:16 PM posted to sci.space.policy
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In article .com,
Alex Terrell wrote:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6749873.stm


Interesting. I'd be a bit nervous about reentry in that thing, though
-- if the pilot gets the attitude wrong (or the RCS fails somehow), you
won't be a meteor, but you'll play one on TV.
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Old June 19th 07, 10:51 PM posted to sci.space.policy
Alex Terrell
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On 18 Jun, 23:16, Joe Strout wrote:
In article .com,
Alex Terrell wrote:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6749873.stm


Interesting. I'd be a bit nervous about reentry in that thing, though
-- if the pilot gets the attitude wrong (or the RCS fails somehow), you
won't be a meteor, but you'll play one on TV.


What if the pilot gets a heart attack? Single pilot operations aren't
allowed on commercial airliners.

 




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