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Stop trolling Indians. :azn:

Anyway CONGRATS TO CHINA. Another leap for mankind in space. We should all join hands to explore space, since we haven't even scratched the surface of our solar system exploration, instead of useless ego/infightings. At least space should have been a unifying force for mankind, but politics as always is involved in everything between countries. :hitwall: On this note, i will agree that it's the fault of the U.S on this one for limiting cooperation with China in space, i fail to understand why, since they already do so with Russia. Anyway, we Europeans are at least always open to cooperation and have been involved/cooperated in many of China;s space projects, which is a good thing and helps build trusts. It will be the same with this space station.

Funny enough it's due to US policy that forced the Chinese to develop everything themselves from their own GPS to space station to mars mission. If not for US policy they wouldn't have done this alone, since they would have been more involved in cooperation's/joint projects under NASA/European space agency. Anyway, that's in the past, we have to look in the future, hopefully, it will be more about cooperation in space than otherwise.
Becos the american look down on Chinese space technology 20 years ago. While US need to depend on Russia space technology like RD-180 engine and need Russian technology to make the ISS main core module.

20 years ago, Russia is not lacking in space technology but funding only.


American are too arrogant and think China space can't advance rapidly by Chinese own effort.
 

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Tortise flipping skill. It how vikram landed describe by NASA when they spot the debris of vikram lander. :rofl:
Tortoise serves as inspiration and you gotta hand it to the ISRO geniuses they do not lack creativity. Marvelous spectacular landing it was
 

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how soon will commercial tourism be available ? hopefully the space station will be able to fund itself
Virgin galactic/blue origin is already on it. so a year or two from now you will start seeing such things. Private companies are the future of commercial space industry. State owned agencies will be focused on mostly extra-terrestrial projects/missions that isn't viable for private industries.

Virgin Galactic rocket plane flies to edge of space
By Jonathan Amos
BBC Science Correspondent

Published22 May
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media captionWatch: The carrier plane releases Unity to begin its ascent
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space plane has conducted the first of three key test flights that should enable it to enter commercial service.
The Unity vehicle, with pilots Dave Mackay and CJ Sturckow at the controls, powered to a height of 89km (55 miles), and then glided back down to Earth.
Sir Richard has some 600 paying customers - including movie and music stars - waiting to take the same ride.
But they'll only get their chance once Unity is fully licensed.
That ought, finally, to happen by the year's end.
The licensing process is the responsibility of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who will now receive operational and performance data from Saturday's sortie high above the New Mexico desert.
Officials will want to see, for example, that an electronic interference issue that aborted a previous flight attempt in December, has been corrected. On the evidence of Saturday's successful flight, it has been.

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Unity was carried to 13km (44,000ft) in altitude by its "mother" aircraft, Eve, before being released to ignite its rocket motor.
The vehicle then climbed rapidly to the edge of space, achieving a speed three times that of sound (Mach 3) along the way.
It was the sixth time Unity had conducted a powered ascent in its five-year test programme, although this one was particularly noteworthy because it was the first such demonstration to run out of what will be its operational home - the purpose-built commercial hub known as Spaceport America.

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image captionUnity is seen climbing skyward from the perspective of the Eve carrier plane



"It was a beautifully elegant experience," said Sir Richard, who was watching from the ground.
"We had the backdrop of New Mexico, the mountains with the Sun coming up; we could see the spaceship clearly from the ground just going straight up. And, yeah, burning, burning, burning, until it finally disappeared into space," the businessman told BBC News.
Edge of space
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image captionUnity's view of the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth
The next flight should see four of Sir Richard's Virgin Galactic employees join the pilots - to get a sense of the experience that future ticketed customers will enjoy. The identity of this quartet has yet to be revealed, even within the company itself.
The flight after that would see Sir Richard himself go to the edge of space - as a statement of readiness for commercial service.
And it's then on the subsequent outing that the company is expected to start earning revenues from carrying passengers.
That's a mission that has been purchased by the Italian Air Force, which is going to put several payload specialists aboard Unity to supervise a number of microgravity experiments.
It's been a long road for Virgin Galactic's engineers to get the system to where they want it, with progress over the past year stymied in part by the Covid crisis.
But CEO Michael Colglazie said the project was now firmly on track, especially with respect to FAA licensing.
"It was such a perfect flight. We'll get the data off the ship and give it to the FAA. That'll be our homework turned in. We believe we've now collected everything we need for the final points on our commercial licence," he explained.
Launch
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image captionJeff Bezos is due to begin a commercial tourism service in July

The move to commercial service can't come soon enough. Space tourism is a sector being rekindled after a decade's hiatus, and it's about to get very competitive.

Throughout the 2000s, seven wealthy individuals paid to visit the International Space Station (ISS). But this adventurism, organised under the patronage of the Russian space agency, ceased in 2009.
Now, new initiatives abound. As well as Sir Richard's approach, there are projects coming from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and California tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.
The Russians, too, are reprising their commercial flights to the ISS, and there are even those who want to launch private space stations for people to visit. Among these is Axiom, a company started by a former Nasa ISS programme manager.
Sir Richard said he was busy getting himself ready for his own spaceflight later this year.
"I'll have a whole day of training tomorrow. And, oh my god, I'm looking forward to it. It's ridiculously exciting. Our chief astronaut Dave Mackay just turned to me and said, 'Richard, you're gonna love it'," he told BBC News.

Virgin Galactic rocket plane flies to edge of space - BBC News


Exciting times we are living in. By the time I'm in my 50s 60s, space travel will be a routine thing like flying in an airplane. :chilli: I might even be able to buy one ticket for a space journey by then.:partay:
 

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Virgin galactic/blue origin is already on it. so a year or two from now you will start seeing such things. Private companies are the future of commercial space industry. State owned agencies will be focused on mostly extra-terrestrial projects/missions that isn't viable for private industries.

Virgin Galactic rocket plane flies to edge of space
By Jonathan Amos
BBC Science Correspondent

Published22 May
Share

media captionWatch: The carrier plane releases Unity to begin its ascent
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space plane has conducted the first of three key test flights that should enable it to enter commercial service.
The Unity vehicle, with pilots Dave Mackay and CJ Sturckow at the controls, powered to a height of 89km (55 miles), and then glided back down to Earth.
Sir Richard has some 600 paying customers - including movie and music stars - waiting to take the same ride.
But they'll only get their chance once Unity is fully licensed.
That ought, finally, to happen by the year's end.
The licensing process is the responsibility of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who will now receive operational and performance data from Saturday's sortie high above the New Mexico desert.
Officials will want to see, for example, that an electronic interference issue that aborted a previous flight attempt in December, has been corrected. On the evidence of Saturday's successful flight, it has been.

Presentational white space


Unity was carried to 13km (44,000ft) in altitude by its "mother" aircraft, Eve, before being released to ignite its rocket motor.
The vehicle then climbed rapidly to the edge of space, achieving a speed three times that of sound (Mach 3) along the way.
It was the sixth time Unity had conducted a powered ascent in its five-year test programme, although this one was particularly noteworthy because it was the first such demonstration to run out of what will be its operational home - the purpose-built commercial hub known as Spaceport America.

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IMAGE COPYRIGHTVIRGIN GALACTIC
image captionUnity is seen climbing skyward from the perspective of the Eve carrier plane



"It was a beautifully elegant experience," said Sir Richard, who was watching from the ground.
"We had the backdrop of New Mexico, the mountains with the Sun coming up; we could see the spaceship clearly from the ground just going straight up. And, yeah, burning, burning, burning, until it finally disappeared into space," the businessman told BBC News.
Edge of space
IMAGE COPYRIGHTVIRGIN GALACTIC
image captionUnity's view of the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth
The next flight should see four of Sir Richard's Virgin Galactic employees join the pilots - to get a sense of the experience that future ticketed customers will enjoy. The identity of this quartet has yet to be revealed, even within the company itself.
The flight after that would see Sir Richard himself go to the edge of space - as a statement of readiness for commercial service.
And it's then on the subsequent outing that the company is expected to start earning revenues from carrying passengers.
That's a mission that has been purchased by the Italian Air Force, which is going to put several payload specialists aboard Unity to supervise a number of microgravity experiments.
It's been a long road for Virgin Galactic's engineers to get the system to where they want it, with progress over the past year stymied in part by the Covid crisis.
But CEO Michael Colglazie said the project was now firmly on track, especially with respect to FAA licensing.
"It was such a perfect flight. We'll get the data off the ship and give it to the FAA. That'll be our homework turned in. We believe we've now collected everything we need for the final points on our commercial licence," he explained.
Launch
IMAGE COPYRIGHTBLUE ORIGIN
image captionJeff Bezos is due to begin a commercial tourism service in July

The move to commercial service can't come soon enough. Space tourism is a sector being rekindled after a decade's hiatus, and it's about to get very competitive.

Throughout the 2000s, seven wealthy individuals paid to visit the International Space Station (ISS). But this adventurism, organised under the patronage of the Russian space agency, ceased in 2009.
Now, new initiatives abound. As well as Sir Richard's approach, there are projects coming from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and California tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.
The Russians, too, are reprising their commercial flights to the ISS, and there are even those who want to launch private space stations for people to visit. Among these is Axiom, a company started by a former Nasa ISS programme manager.
Sir Richard said he was busy getting himself ready for his own spaceflight later this year.
"I'll have a whole day of training tomorrow. And, oh my god, I'm looking forward to it. It's ridiculously exciting. Our chief astronaut Dave Mackay just turned to me and said, 'Richard, you're gonna love it'," he told BBC News.

Virgin Galactic rocket plane flies to edge of space - BBC News


Exciting times we are living in. By the time I'm in my 50s 60s, space travel will be a routine thing like flying in an airplane. :chilli: I might even be able to buy one ticket for a space journey by then.:partay:
Edge of space is just 50 miles or 80 kms away. Fighter jets already used to reach that like decades ago. I dont think this is pushing the envelope of technology - its just like adding business class to a passenger aircraft.
 

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Edge of space is just 50 miles or 80 kms away. Fighter jets already used to reach that like decades ago. I dont think this is pushing the envelope of technology - its just like adding business class to a passenger aircraft.
Basically gimmick to scam money.. Not real space trip.
 

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how soon will commercial tourism be available ? hopefully the space station will be able to fund itself
In this decade for sure :tup:
One of Chinese space private company (Rocket PI, Ltd) aim to build an Orbital Space Biology Lab (Space Station for conducting Biology Experiments on Space) in 2025

Hopefully, it will be Joined & Dock with Chinese Space Station (CSS) in the future

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https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1218330.shtml
 

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Basically gimmick to scam money.. Not real space trip.
i wont call it a scam as people can experience the weightlessness and stuff. Its just a fancy trip for ultra rich now. But if they can offer hotel like experience in space station then that will be something!
 

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