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Virgin Galactic test flight reaches the edge of space for the first time

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https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/virgin-galactic-test-flight-aims-edge-space-ncna947191

Tickets for a seat on the spaceplane are going for $250,000 each.

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity soared into space Thursday and reached an altitude of more than 270,000 feet — past the 50-mile mark the U.S. government uses to define the edge of space.

The Unity's fourth test flight began Thursday morning at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The spaceplane was attached to its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, before being released.
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Founder Richard Branson has promised to start taking paying customers into space by the end of 2018, a goal that may not be realistic.
 

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Please tell me that there are not 800 people stupid enough to hand these people $1/4 Million for a service that might never take place.....
 

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Please tell me that there are not 800 people stupid enough to hand these people $1/4 Million for a service that might never take place.....
Of course there are 800 people stupid enough. Real question, will it be cash or charge?
 

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Of course there are 800 people stupid enough. Real question, will it be cash or charge?

Cash of course. In an experimental rocket ship they want to be absolutely sure that the passengers pay BEFORE the flight.
 

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Of course there are 800 people stupid enough. Real question, will it be cash or charge?

No doubt the sales pitch was "You can consider yourself a founding investor into the dream".
 
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