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In 2016 will experience the ship for space tourists

In the second quarter of 2016 the American company XCOR plans to test the first of three versions of the new spacecraft, the Lynx Mk.1, designed for space travel tourists.

The first version of the Lynx Mk.1

The test vehicle will be held in the Mojave desert, where he will specially prepare a runway. During the flight test, the vehicle will gradually rise to a height of 60,9 thousands of meters. After the tests, the ship used for the training of pilots.

The second version of the spaceship

A second version of the spaceship Lynx Mk.2 will build together a company XCOR and Space Florida at the Kennedy Space center. The ship is designed to lift to a height of up to 100 thousand meters and is designed for four Shuttle flights in a day. At the maximum height of tourists in the next 4 minutes will be able to experience weightlessness and see through the portholes round the Earth. Continue reading

Solar system

Solar system. Planets of the solar system

Its center is a huge star called the Sun. It is the closest star that is billions of years gives us light and heat. Without it, impossible would be life on the planet. Around it revolve the planets, of which eight are known today, as well as other celestial objects.

Schematically, the structure of the solar system is as follows:

Man is always interested in the question thus arose our solar system. But it was a long time before scientists were able to answer this question. There were many versions and assumptions on this issue. And today, astronomers are continuing their investigation.

According to a hypothesis of Kant-Laplace five billion years ago there was only a gas cloud. It moved through the universe, but at some point he undergoes certain processes. Then there is compression and then begins the rotation, the center of rotation is the fastest. The temperature at the center of the cloud began to grow and formed a protostar that later became the Sun. The nebula continued to spin, and the star are unable to absorb all the substance of the nebula, they are attracted, experienced, forming planetesimal. One of them appeared on the planet. Continue reading

First test flight of the balloon

Company World View Enterprises located in the U.S. state of Arizona, announced the successful completion of the first small-scale test flight of a balloon, equipped with a special capsule that is being developed for space tourists could “float” on a 32-km altitude above the Earth’s surface.

Last Tuesday, 24 June 2014, the company World View Enterprises in Tucson, said reduced-scale copy of the balloon was launched last week from Roswell (new Mexico). According to the President of the company Jane Poynter, developed the balloon broke the world record, as in the stratosphere was raised payload, the mass of which is 1/10 by weight of the intended load full-scale model of the balloon.

Jane Poynter could not hide his joy at the results of the test flight, preparation and conduct of which until yesterday was kept a closely guarded secret.

For the test flight balloon was used, similar to that which the Austrian Felix Baumgartner was used to set a world record, which consisted of lifting to a height of 32 km above the Earth’s surface. Continue reading

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