Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/29/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Do you have the right stuff? It's about $200k.

A private spaceship probed the edge of space today, heralding a new era in human spaceflight. SpaceShipTwo, as it has been dubbed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, will begin ferrying passengers back and forth to space as early as next year.

Sir Richard Branson is the man behind the world's first successful private, regular space-passenger initiative.

Sir Richard Branson is the man behind the world's first successful private, regular space-passenger initiative.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/29/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: The Right Stuff, Virgin Galactic, 200k, private, spaceflight, Branson


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - If you want to be an astronaut, forget NASA. Now with enough money, you can become an astronaut by riding along on SpaceShipTwo.

Do you still need the Right Stuff to make the flight? You bet.

For a cool $200,000, the price of a modest-sized home for most Americans, you can catch a few minutes of genuine weightlessness in space, just like the first astronauts did in the early days of the space program.

Carried aloft by the mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, the spacecraft spiraled ever higher into the skies above Mojave in California. After finally reaching the altitude of 46,000 feet, SpaceShipTwo was released and began a rocket-powered ascent to the edge of space. The craft nosed back over at 56,000 feet, then glided to a landing at the Mojave airport.

 The Mojave airport is the home of Scaled Composites, the designer and builder of both craft.

The craft broke the sound barrier in flight, and will do so regularly when it has passengers aboard.

Virgin galactic said that everything went well with the flight.

There will be more test flights to ensure the quality and reliability of the vehicle. Assuming all goes well, SpaceShipTwo will start ferrying passengers to space as early as next year. Passengers will depart Earth, and return to, the New Mexico spaceport outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Today's flight is an important milestone, marking the first powered flight of the craft. Two earlier flights this month were glide tests to make sure the craft could glide and land as designed.

Sir Richard Branson was in Mojave today to witness the flight. "What a feeling to be on the ground with all the team in Mojave to witness the occasion," he blogged afterwards.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Technology

Astronomers crack mystery of 'transformer' star Watch

Image of The mysterious star switches between two states of energy output, baffling scientists -- until now.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Astronomers have discovered a star that seems to vary and vanish in a surprising fashion. They mystery may now have been solved. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Scientists observing a pulsar have been surprised to notice the star disappear and reappear in their ... continue reading


Apple dominates tech market as anticipation builds for iPhone 6 Watch

Image of The iPhone 6, expected to be released in September, is highly anticipated, and may be responsible for the slight increase in sales of iPhones.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Apple continues to do well in the market, as the company's flagship product, the iPhone, gained significant traction since March, and the Mac line of desktop computers also saw growth. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones over the ... continue reading


Latest claim: the universe might not be natural... Say whaa? Watch

Image of A map of the cosmic background radiation which permeates the universe. Note the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The nature and structure of the universe is one of the most enduring questions of the ages. Even the Book of Genesis addresses the topic. Presently, scientists are using modern scientific tools and methods to probe these mysteries and the preliminary results are ... continue reading


What is Microsoft up to? After this rambling memo, even its employees don't know! Watch

Image of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is planning to eliminate almost 20,000 jobs by 2015.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Software giant Microsoft announced that it is going to cut 18,000 jobs by 2015-about 14% of the company's 125,000 employees, by far the largest amount of layoffs in the history of the company. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Most of these layoffs-12,500-will ... continue reading


Mars Rover finds massive iron meteorite Watch

Image of NASA has now published the combined image. A preliminary analysis has been made of what the meteorite is made from.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What will they find next on the surface of Mars? Just recently, NASA's Curiosity rover came across a massive iron meteorite half buried in the sands of Mars. The space agency has dubbed the find "Lebanon." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The two-meter-wide ... continue reading


Ever wondered why North America doesn't have any elephants? Scientists have the answer Watch

Image of A new study suggests that the earliest American natives hunted to extinction, a precursor to modern elephants.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Clovis people, thought by many archaeologists to be the original native Americans, hunted to extinction the precursors to modern elephants that lived alongside them in North America, new scientific evidence suggests. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This ... continue reading


Jesuit Brother gains prestigious award for astronomy Watch

Image of Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno received the coveted Carl Sagan Award for 2014, by bringing an enthusiasm for science to the general public.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Jesuit brother has been awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for 2014 for his radio shows and public lectures on astronomy which helped generate interest in scientific inquiry among the general public. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The American Astronomical ... continue reading


Untouched by human hands: iPhone 6 made completely by robots Watch

Image of The machines that were introduced in 2011, known as

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Robots are performing more and more human-like functions in the worlds of industry, and it comes as little surprise that Apple is increasingly using automations in the constructions of iPhones. Human hands attached to real living humans in the past previously ... continue reading


New Google Glass app lets users know of imminent Israeli missile attacks Watch

Image of These alerts provide similar information to the Red Alert, which is an Israel app for smartphones and tablets, which recently incorporated the popular instant-messaging app

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a new app that sadly paints a distressing picture of contemporary life in the Middle East. The app, for Google Glasses, is capable of warning users in Israel of impending enemy rocket attacks. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Called Israel Missile Alerts, ... continue reading


IN THE DARK: Astronomers wonder what happened to 80 percent of the light in the universe Watch

Image of A $70 million instrument, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, designed by the University of Colorado Boulder and installed on the Hubble Space Telescope was used in the research.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The universe has gotten a lot darker. Astronomers have discovered an enormous deficit of ultraviolet light in the known universe and are at a loss as to why that is. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - They are forthright in saying that there is "something is ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 13:1-11
1 Yahweh said this to me, 'Go and buy a linen ... Read More

Psalm, Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21
18 (You forget the Rock who fathered you, the God who ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:31-35
31 He put another parable before them, 'The kingdom ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 28th, 2014 Image

St. Innocent I
July 28: Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter