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Old October 13th 05, 10:16 PM
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It appears there's a challenge to Virgin Galactic, being done by a
Russian-Australian joint venture. Cute little spaceplane involved.

From AFP's article on Yahoo

(http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051011/sc_afp/russiaaustraliaspace_051011150829)

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Tue Oct 11,11:08 AM ET

MOSCOW (AFP) - Firms based in Russia and Australia are reportedly
jointly developing a system for launching small satellites from a
high-altitude airplane carrying a cheap, disposable rocket.
/quote

/dps

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Old October 14th 05, 09:05 PM
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"snidely" :

It appears there's a challenge to Virgin Galactic, being done by a
Russian-Australian joint venture. Cute little spaceplane involved.

From AFP's article on Yahoo


(http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051011/sc_afp/russiaaustraliaspace_051011150829)

quote
Tue Oct 11,11:08 AM ET

MOSCOW (AFP) - Firms based in Russia and Australia are reportedly
jointly developing a system for launching small satellites from a
high-altitude airplane carrying a cheap, disposable rocket.
/quote


Then I suggest you re-read it. Where is there any mention of tourists.

This is like saying a trucking company is competing against a taxi company.
Diffirent markets.

Earl Colby Pottinger

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Old October 15th 05, 12:37 AM
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Earl Colby Pottinger wrote:
[...]
Then I suggest you re-read it. Where is there any mention of tourists.


caption
AFP/File Photo: A full-size model of the first Russian three-seated
spaceship for tourists with the M-55 Geofizika...
/caption

Top left of
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051011/sc_afp/russiaaustraliaspace_051011150829

Perhaps the trucking company plans on having a taxi subsidiary?

/dps

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Old October 15th 05, 06:35 AM
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"snidely" wrote:

Earl Colby Pottinger wrote:
[...]
Then I suggest you re-read it. Where is there any mention of tourists.


caption
AFP/File Photo: A full-size model of the first Russian three-seated
spaceship for tourists with the M-55 Geofizika...
/caption

Top left of
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051011/sc_afp/russiaaustraliaspace_051011150829


So? Nowhere in the article text is anything about tourism stated.
The M-55 (also featured in the picture) is however explicitly
mentioned. One suspects that that picture with the spaceplane is just
the first file photo the clek found.

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Old October 15th 05, 07:03 AM
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Derek Lyons wrote:
One suspects that that picture with the spaceplane is just
the first file photo the clek found.


You could be right. We'll see what happens -- or doesn't, as the case
may be -- in the fullness of time.

/dps

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Old October 15th 05, 06:15 PM
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snidely wrote:

It appears there's a challenge to Virgin Galactic, being done by a
Russian-Australian joint venture. Cute little spaceplane involved.



That carrier aircraft has an interesting history behind it- it's an
evolved version of an aircraft called "Subject 34" or "Chaika" (Seagull)
designed to destroy high altitude reconnaissance balloons that the CIA
was sending over the Soviet Union by using a remote-controlled dorsal
gun turret or missiles against them.
It then became a high altitude reconnaissance plane before it's present
incarnation.
It well be interesting to see how the spaceplane gets attached to it, as
the fuselage sits very close to the ground, and launch from the top of
the aircraft is probably not a good idea due to the position of the
horizontal fin on top of the vertical stabilizers.
You can read up on the Chaika and the balloons he
http://worldatwar.net/chandelle/v4/v4n1-2/balloons.html

Pat

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Old October 20th 05, 02:35 AM
Derek Clarke
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Default Russo-Aussie venture to challenge Virgin?

In article .com,
(snidely) wrote:
Earl Colby Pottinger wrote:
[...]
Then I suggest you re-read it. Where is there any mention of
tourists.


caption
AFP/File Photo: A full-size model of the first Russian three-seated
spaceship for tourists with the M-55 Geofizika...
/caption

Top left of

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051011...iaspace_051011
150829

Perhaps the trucking company plans on having a taxi subsidiary?

/dps



The reason that photo is there is because of the plane in the
background which is the proposed carrier plane, not the mini-shuttle
which is a completely different project.

That shuttle is far too big to be launched by that plane.

 




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