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Blue Origin Argue That Virgin Galactic Technically Did Not travel To Space

Before Virgin Galactic’s July 11 successful passenger space flight, Blue Origin Space company argued that Richard Branson’s company technically did not travel to Space.


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Blue Origin in a tweet on Friday, July 9 posted that the Virgin Galactic space flight plan technically does not count as space travel.


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Where is considered Space? There are currently two official standards for what is considered Space travel. The United States Air Force standard and the Kármán line standard. In the United States, the Air Force registers “Space” as anywhere to be 50 miles above the average sea level.


While the Kármán line standard considers “Space” as anywhere 62.1 miles above the average sea level. Here lies the argument.

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Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity Spaceship has flown a maximum altitude of 55.9 miles, above the United States threshold but lower than the popular Kármán line standard.


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Impressively, Blue Origin New Shepard spaceship has flown over 62.1 miles definitely in line with the Kármán line standard. Jeff Bezo’s Company also posted in a tweet that.


“From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name.”


“For 96% of the world’s population, space begins 100 km(62.1 miles) up at the internationally recognized Kármán line.”

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Jeff Bezos however wished Richard Branson luck a day before his historic flight on Sunday via an Instagram Post.


“Wishing you and the whole team a successful and safe flight tomorrow,” Bezos wrote. “Best of luck!”


From the Blue Origin narrative, the Virgin Galactic VSS Unity spaceship only flew a sub-orbital flight, since it’s below the Kármán line.



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