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Posted: 10/5/2004 7:50:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2004 7:54:32 PM EST by StormSurge]
See the whole flight from several angles!

Watch the sky go from blue to black!

Watch the sky go from black to blue!

See an RCS burn a 4:30!

See gears down a 15:58!

Sorry for all the exclamation points!

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Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:06:45 PM EST
btt for an awesome achievement.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:09:28 PM EST
friggen awesome!
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:10:23 PM EST
It cost them $20million to win $10 million I think
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:33:52 PM EST
How much should it cost to turn a dream into reality?

These will be carrying paying passengers into space soon. More return on their investment.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:35:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By Taxman:
It cost them $20million to win $10 million I think



Know how much it has cost us taxpayers to put the first man in orbit, and maintain our superiority in space with government know-how?

$20mil is about 1/100,000th of the cost of NASA's mission work.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:37:09 PM EST
how did they keep the belly from heating up upon re-entry like the shuttle does?
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:37:58 PM EST
AOL embedded media player???
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:38:34 PM EST
Due to "feathered" mode the wings go into, re-entry heating is minimal. Pure genius.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:38:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2004 8:39:24 PM EST by SNorman]

Originally Posted By gaspain:
how did they keep the belly from heating up upon re-entry like the shuttle does?



I would guess it reentered at a very much lower speed than the shuttle does... but that's still a good question!

ETA: StormSurge is right... now I remember reading that. Still, I'm not sure if it's a viable option for the shuttle.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:49:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2004 8:49:59 PM EST by SNorman]
Wow, that was really sweet!! Thanks for posting!
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:51:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By SNorman:
AOL embedded media player???



Yea F that!
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 8:52:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By GC456:

Originally Posted By SNorman:
AOL embedded media player???



Yea F that!



It's not too bad... actually played really smooth and gives you the option to choose between 7 different camera angles on the fly.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 9:59:18 PM EST
What a waste. $20m could fund a lot of suicide bombers for Allah.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 10:26:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By SNorman:

Originally Posted By gaspain:
how did they keep the belly from heating up upon re-entry like the shuttle does?



I would guess it reentered at a very much lower speed than the shuttle does... but that's still a good question!

ETA: StormSurge is right... now I remember reading that. Still, I'm not sure if it's a viable option for the shuttle.



The feather system solved a BUNCH of issues for them in one fell swoop. Makes the vehicle establish a stable re-entry automatically, a stable fall rather then having to deal with actively controlling it every second of the way, lest the vehicle gets sideways (or otherwise out of the envelope).

I was also impressed with the short "G" loading on the way down. Means that Joe Sixpack won't have any real trouble dealing with it.

They're going to have to work on the instability that appears in several portions of the envelope. Not good for the tourist types.

I loved Brian's comment when he reached peak and looked out the upper port "Oh, we're upside down"

Triva note. Mercury spacecraft inserted to orbit heads up. Gemini did it on their side and Apollo inserted heads down (as does the Orbiter). Never have seen a reason for the differences.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 10:58:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2004 11:09:27 PM EST by AR-15Fan]
Does this thing actually have any manuevering thrusters or anyway to actually really "travel in space" and control itself or does it just fly up barely out of the atmosphere and then kinda fall back into it, right itself and then glide down like it looks like? Still cool just wondering if it's really a "spaceship" like they've named it/describe it...

Could this thing acheive any kind of earth orbit and then re-enter, or would that get into much higher speeds that would bring the super high heat/bounce off the atmosphere thing into play?

Forgive the stupid questions, first time I've heard of this, it's pretty cool.
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 11:18:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By AR-15Fan:
Does this thing actually have any manuevering thrusters or anyway to actually really "travel in space" and control itself or does it just fly up barely out of the atmosphere and then kinda fall back into it, right itself and then glide down like it looks like?


That's about it. Nothing fancy. It's not designed to achieve orbit. Simply goes up and comes down. It does have a Reaction Control System (manuevering thrusters) for controlling the angle at which it reenters the atmosphere.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:19:45 PM EST
Like I said above, you can see at least one RCS burn in the video.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:44:36 PM EST
Coolest aviation event I have ever seen.....
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