Galactic http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/galactic/all en-GB To infinity and beyond! Stuff talks spaceflight with Virgin Galactic’s pilot http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/infinity-and-beyond-stuff-talks-spaceflight-virgin-galactic-s-pilot/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Space pilot Mike “Sooch” Masucci on the challenges of taking to the thermosphere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two (photo by marsscientific.com and Clay Centre Observatory)" alt="Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-galactic-01.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Space is about to get a bit closer, thanks to <a href="http://www.virgingalactic.com/" target="_blank">Virgin Galactic</a>.</p> <p>Some 700 intrepid &ndash; and wealthy &ndash; individuals have already placed deposits amounting to US$85 million to take to the thermosphere aboard Richard Branson&rsquo;s SpaceShip Two VSS Enterprise craft. Once they&rsquo;re up at 110km, they&rsquo;ll get to experience zero gravity and some astounding views of the planet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your background? How do you go about becoming a space pilot? </strong><br />Well, I got my engineering degree from the US Air Force Academy and then I was a pilot in the Air Force for around 23 years. I was flying all sorts of aircraft, like F-16s and U2s, which lead me into charter planes and flying private passengers around. It set me up nicely for Virgin Galactic, which I&rsquo;ve been doing for about a year now.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the training regime like?</strong><br />We received most of our training in the military but the stuff we are doing now is mainly in the simulator and flying the WhiteKnightTwo vessel, which is the aircraft that takes VSS Enterprise into the skies. This gives us a good feel of how everything works but there is still some testing to do.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mike “Sooch” Masucci" alt="Mike “Sooch” Masucci" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-galactic-03.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How long before Virgin Galactic starts taking paying customers? </strong><br />We are pretty close considering the first concept was only released 10 years ago. We have a full slate of flight-testing for this coming summer and as soon as we are complete, Sir Richard will be having the first flight and then after that, we will be open for business.</p> <p><strong>Surely you can&rsquo;t just fly a plane into space without dealing with air traffic control? </strong><br />That&rsquo;s the whole point; we are working with the US Federal Aviation Administration so we can show up on any radar. It&rsquo;s a commercial space programme so we want to use the same slots as commercial aircraft. We&rsquo;ll definitely show up on air traffic control, just a little higher where there&rsquo;s no threat of us bumping into anyone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yhR3GCqT0Zg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic and Land Rover" alt="Virgin Galactic and Land Rover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-galactic-02.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So, we&rsquo;ve got US$250,000 and a burning desire to go into space. What sort of training do we need? </strong><br />It&rsquo;s actually not much. We will bring the customer out to the Mojave Desert about three or four days before the flight and give them a series of training activities that include scripting the entire process minute-by-minute, zero gravity training and some communication drills. The more aware the customer is of what I&rsquo;m doing up front, the more enjoyable their experience will be. The customer will also learn how to use their seat properly &ndash; as in, be able to get in and out of it without help &ndash; because there aren&rsquo;t any stewardesses on this flight.</p> <p><strong>Learn to use a seat? That sounds intense&hellip; </strong><br />The seats actually have a lot of technology built into them &ndash; technology we have taken from automotive design. Basically, the seat will tilt backwards and forwards in conjunction with the phase of flight. It removes a lot of the G-Force from the customer during boost and re-entry phases because if you are lying flat, the Gs are predominantly in the chest area, which is a lot easier to deal with than your head. The customer will also learn how to unfasten their belt in zero gravity and safely return to their seat when it&rsquo;s time to go home.</p> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s also a lot of money. Is it really worth it? </strong><br />Think about the global perspective you&rsquo;ll have. You&rsquo;ll be up there in the atmosphere, a place where hardly any human beings have ever been. In fact, we have more future astronauts signed up for the programme than there have been actual astronauts. But seriously, it gives you a whole new perspective on life and it makes you appreciate our planet more, being up there.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/galactic" target="_blank">More Virgin Galactic news</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic and Land Rover" alt="Virgin Galactic and Land Rover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-galactic-04.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic" alt="Virgin Galactic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-galactic-05.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/infinity-and-beyond-stuff-talks-spaceflight-virgin-galactic-s-pilot/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/infinity-and-beyond-stuff-talks-spaceflight-virgin-galactic-s-pilot/feature#comments Galactic Virgin Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:18 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435506 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Galactic to accept Bitcoin for space trips http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/virgin-galactic-accept-bitcoin-space-trips/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Richard Branson will fling you off the planet in exchange for the virtual currency </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic flight" alt="Virgin Galactic flight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-galactic-flight.jpg?1385175270" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Richard Branson has announced that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/escape-rat-race-next-year-flight-space/news" target="_blank">Virgin Galactic</a>, the space travel arm of his company, will accept the virtual currency Bitcoin as payment.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bitcoins in space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A single Bitcoin, at the time of writing worth about US$900, would have cost you just US$10 a couple of years ago &ndash; so you can see why the currency is getting people excited. And given the high price of <a href="http://www.virgingalactic.com/booking/" target="_blank">Virgin Galactic space flights</a> &ndash; US$250,000 (around &pound;155,000) apiece &ndash; early investors in Bitcoin may have found one of the cheapest ways to leave Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p> <p>The first commercial Virgin Galactic flight is planned for next year, and Branson will be on board with his children Sam and Holly. The event will be broadcast live in the US.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/bitcoins-in-space" target="_blank">Virgin.com</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/22/5133362/richard-branson-endorses-bitcoin-says-virgin-galactic-will-accept-the" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Um63OQz3bjo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/virgin-galactic-accept-bitcoin-space-trips/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galactic Virgin Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:38:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429341 at http://www.stuff.tv Escape the rat race next year with a flight into space http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/escape-rat-race-next-year-flight-space/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget the umbrella and ruined BBQs and escape into the glory of space with Virgin Galactic&#039;s hi-tech spacecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-galactic-space-ship_0.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4550.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think you've travelled the world and seen all it's had to offer? Broaden your horizon and traverse the atmosphere with Virgin Galactic's space tourism flights, the first of which has now been confirmed to take-off sometime next year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/escape-the-rat-race-next-year-with-a-flight-into-space </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/escape-rat-race-next-year-flight-space/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/escape-rat-race-next-year-flight-space/news#comments Galactic Virgin Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:33:44 +0000 Esat Dedezade 421969 at http://www.stuff.tv