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The usual spacecraft cemetery, known more formally as the South Pacific Ocean Uninhabited Area. Wikipedia puts the general location at 43°34′48″S 142°43′12″W, and Roscosmos stated: At 14:42 UTC, [MS-16/Pirs] entered the dense layers of the Earth's atmosphere, in 10 more minutes, the incombustible elements dropped into the spacecraft cemetery in the non-...


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Because this isn't an informational infographic. This is an ad. And, as such, it is deliberately skewed to paint the advertised product in the best possible light, while disparaging the competing product(s) as much as possible. As mentioned in the other answer, Virgin Galactic doesn't have a "Launch Escape System" It does have other safety systems ...


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First of all, it should be clear that this infographic is by no means objective; it's designed to put SS2 in the worst possible light, and New Shepard in the best. That said, an "escape system" in the rocket launch context normally means an automatic rocket-powered system which takes the crew capsule rapidly away from a malfunctioning or exploding ...


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They do appear to be wearing parachutes, though they don't appear to have leg straps - could make it very uncomfortable in the unlikely event they have to be used. (They'd be left hanging from the shoulder straps.) Maybe part of the system is not visible in the footage. Branson himself described undergoing 5 days of training before his flight. More than ...


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