He's 100% right with all he said and he will so be bashed for saying these things. Lean back and watch. Reality is not what people want to learn about.
Its disappointing to see a single comment blown out of context. Must be a slow news day.
135 flights. 2 total disasters killing all. sobering odds.
Crashing. If Challenger and Columbia can do it so can Virgin Galactic.
There is risk in everything. Failure is an opportunity to learn.
And frankly, with a private enterprise that has a lot more to loose, they will likely not cut many corners.
It's hilarious to note that the Russians, with their old school gear, have easily the best record. Simple, low performance, reliable. The shuttle was impressive but ultimately it was a wasteful dead end that NASA didn't want. If NASA had gotten the rocket-topping, small space planes they'd wanted, we be a lot further ahead by now. Sad but true.
"failure is an opportunity to learn"... unless you're dead.
I believe that the Russians have had their share of mishaps.
I also don't think that there issues have been fully disclosed. Esp during the space race. NASA did everything out in the open for the world to see. We only learn of Russian exploits after the fact.
So Virgin Galactic will crash a rocket plane, if it was perfectly safe it would not be worth the price. Unlike Asiana the crash won't be because the pilots had forgotten how to fly the plane.
Agree with Slowburn, if they did thousands of test flights before actual passenger flights the cost would then be astronomical (or even more astronomical I should say!). And true that commercial aircraft do so much testing before accepting passengers. I live in Cairns Australia and Jetstar have just taken delivery of Australia's first 787 Dreamliner, which they are doing test flights between Melbourne and Cairns every day for a full month before passenger services commence, despite the fact the aircraft is already operating on commercial routes outside of Australia. So it certainly would be reassuring to see Virgin's rocket plane clock up a few more test flights before going on it, however I think the risk of what could go wrong is also one of the factors that make it exciting for the first flights to go up.
What a spoilsport! Of course they will crash one eventually. Something so self evident need not be said. Sounds like Hadfield is trying to discourage others from going into space to protect the relative uniqueness of his experience. Bah humbug, Hadfield!
Strauski, you obviously don't know much about Chris Hadfield. He has single-handedly done more than anyone I can think of to get people, especially kids, interested in space. He has been an excellent ambassador for spaceflight, and that one sentence should be considered in its context - spaceflight is inherently difficult and dangerous and it will be some time before it can be considered "routine." There will inevitably be a price to pay in human lives. NASA has learned that lesson in spades, and Virgin Galactic may very well do the same. This is a part of becoming a spacefaring civilization - a necessary part, whether we want to admit it or not. Nothing great is ever achieved without risk.
Well, at least we know what happens to a wet blanket when it gets exposed to zero gravity.
Murphy's Law is on his side...it'll happen.
I say they won't ! best of luck and keep up the good work.
Too bad we don't still have Feynman to look at the program and compare it to the Challenger, but it seems likely that there will be several crashes - fortunately it also seems likely that the chances of catastrophic crashes have dropped (even with something as risky as space flight) as technology and engineering have made things better. Here's to thousands of space flights and only a few bad ones.
No one even mentions the major JET EXHAUST POLLUTION to do this quarter million dollar trip? What about the environment? Doesn't anyone care to mention anything about that in these articles? This is an INSANE technology, without any forethought to the 100's of TONS of chemicals that get spewed out the tail pipe!
A better ride to the edge of space, a mere 30 miles out where 98.8% of the atmosphere is gone, is being offered by http://www.gizmag.com/bloon-space-balloon/19553/
Hey VG hear him out & make plans in case the Worst happens.
See shuttle Challenger alone, 1986
Say what ? With all due respect to Chris Hadfield of course one's going to crash . Wake up folks , 34,000 people died in auto accidents last year in the US alone and 447 died in airplane accidents . Stored and kinetic energy are potentially dangerous . If you don't like danger you're screwed because you live in a house filled with and made out of flammable and poisonous stuff. All anyone can do is use good safety procedures and get on with their life . We all die eventually. I wouldn't mind trying my luck if I had the money for a flight.
@ Darin Selby
There are so many things that generate vast quantities of pollution this is unnoticeable. If you want to fight pollution pollution from airplanes try getting the FAA to update the air routing system to shorten flights; saving 5 minutes on a single commercial route will prevent more pollution than all the space thrill flights combined will generate.
He's right and he's simply trying to
remind us all that Space Exploration is not about
"fun&games" for the rich. No commenters mentioned Apollo 1 or Apollo 13-
there are many other incidents,as well.
It is a timely,sobering comment- especially considering the Dream Chaser's recent minor incident.
Another P-51 crashed the other day in TX with a
British tourist on board,riding as a gift from his Wife for their 41st Wedding Anniversary-the pilot&passenger were both killed.
People just need to be more realistic about the risks they are taking- when things do go wrong we should not be surprised or overwhelmed.
Yet,as one man said, "You just have to put that out of your mind-there's always a possibility that you can have a catastrophic failure, of course; this can happen on any flight; it can happen on the last one as well as the first one.
So, you just plan as best you can to take care of all these eventualities, you get a thoroughly-trained crew and well... you just go fly anyway!"
Lieutenant Colonel Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom,U.S.A.F. RIP (paraphrased)
The above quote was from an interview he gave approximately one month before the Apollo 1 incident,where he and his fellow crewmen,
Lieutenant Commander Roger Bruce Chaffee
(U.S. Navy) and Lieutenant Colonel Edward Higgins White (U.S.A.F.) died in the line of duty.
Ad astra per Aspera: "It's a rough road that leads to the Stars...."
Every car ride, every airplane ride is just a crash waiting to happen, waiting for that one piece or thing to go wrong. Walking down the street is filled with risk, from disease to bad people, your house has dozens of things that can kill you. Not even mentioning mother nature herself. SO a hour of risk for the ability to see one of our worlds greatest views, maybe if we all were so lucky to have the cash setting around.
Earth may collide any day with another object killing everyone.There have been natural events that killed all higher life forms many times.
Life is risky. No place is safe. If we dodge all the bullets, we still die. We can not chose to play it safe and live forever. Our only choice is how we live. Death is not a tragedy. Living scared is.
Still, if I had the $Quarter mil to go, I'd do it despite the risk. As a retired guy, this would be the closest to space I'll probably ever get.
One year.. almost to the day. RIP
Wow... he called it almost 1 year to the day before the actual crash!