Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos will be launching in space only a few weeks apart, but their exact limitations and experience in space travel have been controversial. Branson’s Virgin Galactic flew 80 kilometers (or about 262,000 feet), which is considered the extreme line of outer space by the United States, while Bezos’ Blue Origin flew 100 kilometers (or about 328,000 feet), commonly known as Karman Line.
After Branson said he planned to launch it nine days before the previously announced Bezos space flight, Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith condemned Virgin Galactic’s approach as “a completely different experience” because “They didn’t reach the Karman line flight.” Branson plans to launch Virgin Galactic’s fourth space flight to date. He founded the company 17 years ago and is now trying to complete development trials this year in order to be completed in 2022 and start providing flight services for space travel passengers at the beginning of the next year. In addition to space traveling, the billionaire wanted to fly to the edge of space on the company’s first plane, with the expedition starting with the crew on July 20.
The key to understanding the controversy is the difference between the company’s spacecraft. First of all, neither Blue Origin nor Virgin Galactic will enter orbit; both spacecraft are determined to be suborbital. It can take passengers to the edge of space and float under weightlessness for up to a few minutes. Orbital flights like Elon Musk’s SpaceX cost tens of millions of dollars and usually spend days or weeks in space.
Blue Origin The New Shepard rocket will be launched vertically from the ground, and a six-person capsule was separated from the carrier rocket on top of the flight. Then the space capsule returned to Earth under the guidance of a parachute, and the capsule will land back on the ground alone for another launch.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is a usual transport aircraft that lifts off, then starts its rocket engine, and moves upwards. After a slow backflip in weightlessness, the spacecraft returns to Earth in gliding mode and landed on the runway.
Based on science, McDowell based the upper atmosphere according to physics, a 50-mile demonstration that has previously been carried out. His model research shows that the atmospheric boundary “does not wave around so much” and is quite stable and similar will be its influence on the spacecraft.