Program Development Leads to a Reconsideration of Space Boundaries

Suborbital space flights could be a step closer to reality if Virgin Galactic adopts a more accurate nomenclature. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said in an interview with CNN that the company was about to launch its SpaceShipTwo suborbital spacecraft into space. VSS Unity, a motorised test vehicle, recently completed a series of flights.

During a question and answer session with anonymous opponents, Branson responded, “Space is complicated,” in response to the query. In other words, we want to prove our detractors wrong, and I am confident that I can do it before the holiday season.

Branson said in an interview in October that SpaceShipTwo’s first voyage into orbit would take place in weeks, not months. Branson was left to deal with timetables and deadlines by corporate officials at the time, but they indicated they were planning one additional flying test with the engine by the end of the year.

SpaceShipTwo, however, may not be able to reach this height with a full load of space travel participants or onboard experiments in its current configuration.

The Karman line is being redefined once again by international bodies. Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) declared on November 30 that it would collaborate with the International Astronautical Federation to re-examine at what level if the limit should be regarded for space, for record keeping, in a statement released at that time.

The second firm interested in a commercial human suborbital spaceflight technology has no issues with this line of demarcation. In a series of test flights, Blue Origin’s new Shepard topped 100 kilometres, including the final one on July 18, when the capsule achieved a height of about 119 kilometres thanks to the employment of its interrupt motor.

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