Back To Space

Virgin Galactic just completed the first flight of SpaceShipTwo to space, if one considers the boundary to be 80 kilometers (it reportedly got to 82). At the Galloway Symposium last week, Jonathan McDowell made a good case that this, not the traditional Karman line of 100 km, is the right altitude. If one accepts that, it is the first flight of humans to space from American soil since the Shuttle retired over seven years ago. Here’s hoping that Blue Origin does the same thing next year (except they’re designed to get to 100 km).

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Here‘s Emilee Speck’s story.

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Link to the McDowell paper should be working now, sorry.

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Tim Fernholz has a story up now.

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And here’s a story from CNN‘s Jackie Wattles.

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