Richard Branson flew to space aboard SpaceShipTwo on Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22, and Jeff Bezos flew to space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard 16. I share my thoughts on the flights, the vehicles, and how I’m currently looking at suborbital tourism and why it does or doesn’t matter.
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- Virgin Galactic's First Fully Crewed Spaceflight #Unity22 - YouTube
- Virgin Galactic on Twitter: “Take-off! The #Unity22 crew including @RichardBranson leave Spaceport America, New Mexico for #VirginGalactic’s first fully-crewed spaceflight.”
- T+163: Suborbital Crew, Virgin Galactic to ISS - Main Engine Cut Off
- T+105: Jonathan McDowell - Main Engine Cut Off
- Virgin Galactic flight test director Mark Stucky leaves company
- New Shepard First Human Flight - YouTube
- First Human Flight Post-Flight Press Conference - YouTube
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