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posted by martyb on Wednesday June 09 2021, @12:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the competition dept.

Branson may make a last-ditch effort to beat Bezos into space:

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said on Monday he would fly on the first human spaceflight of his company's New Shepard spacecraft. This mission will launch from Blue Origin's spaceport in West Texas on July 20, which is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 1969.

With this timeline, Bezos seemed almost certain to beat his suborbital space tourism rival, Sir Richard Branson, into space. Setting aside whether Branson's VSS Unity vehicle reaches space—its maximum altitude is just below the Kármán line, or 100 km—this is nonetheless a meaningful milestone.

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  • (Score: 2) by pe1rxq on Wednesday June 09 2021, @05:49PM (1 child)

    by pe1rxq (844) on Wednesday June 09 2021, @05:49PM (#1143605) Homepage

    km/h is velocity (for most of the world at least)

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday June 09 2021, @07:26PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 09 2021, @07:26PM (#1143651) Journal

    I used the technical description "a whole bunch" which can be converted into km/h without difficulty.

    The lower I set my standards the more accomplishments I have.