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Could the SpaceShipOne fly again?

There is absolutely no reason to ever even conceive of flying it again. It was retired because it successfully did the sole task it was designed to do. SpaceShipOne was unsafe1, barely met its ...
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California's rocket tax "by the mile", how would that work exactly?

The official draft It appears that "milleage" is in fact understood as "altitude": if a company can’t reveal the specifics of its mission due to confidentiality concerns — common with contracts ...
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Would Jupiter look big?

No, you won't be able to tell immediately, and yes, it will look big. First, I think it's extremely unlikely that a spacecraft could travel to Jupiter without knowing Jupiter's size. However, maybe a ...
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Could the SpaceShipOne fly again?

SpaceShipOne was retired so quickly because it was a prototype. One of the key lessons-learned over the last seventy-plus years was that the waterfall model does not work when applied to creating ...
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What was the first space tourism company?

Pan Am accepted the first reservation for a flight to the Moon in 1964. Between 1968 and 1971, Pan Am issued over 93,000 “First Moon Flights” Club cards to space enthusiasts eager to make a ...
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Are there other companies than Bigelow Aerospace planning to offer a space hotel?

Axiom Space, run by people with management and astronaut experience from the ISS, plans to have commercial customers in space by 2020. First with their module docked to the ISS, and when the ISS is ...
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What kind of badge will tourists who performed a sub-orbital spaceflight receive?

We don't know yet. The closest we have come is Beth Moses who flew as a "test passenger" in VSS Unity VF-01 and became the first non-pilot and the first woman to be awarded the FAA ...
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Do the passengers in Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity spacecraft have a parachute or some other way to escape the spacecraft if needs be?

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 ...
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Why is the Space industry expected to flourish and grow in the near future?

Private companies have been trying to get into the launch business since the 80s (ORTRAG in Germany since the 70s), usually turning into a financial disaster for the investors. Several things have ...
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What animals would be best suited as pets or comfort animals for extended periods of spaceflight in microgravity?

Logistics sets some applicable limits: Animals require food, produce waste. The larger the animals, the more resources required. In an environment where every gram is expensive, this means animals ...
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What are the options of a space enthusiast regarding visiting Plesetsk?

Mirny (site of Plesetsk Cosmodrome) is a closed town. At the moment, tours are only for Russian schoolchildren.
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Shortest stay at the ISS once continuous operations and regular crew rotations began? How does Maezawa (planned) 12 days compare?

Tourists aka "Space Flight Participants": Probably Dennis Tito; if full flight duration is counted, then a tie with Hazzaa al Mansoori The source says "6 days aboard ISS" for Tito ...
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Is Delta the same as SpaceShip III and if not, has SpaceShip III been de facto cancelled?

To answer the first part of your question, SpaceShip III is not the same as Delta class. As for the second part of your question, it appears that SpaceShip III has been effectively cancelled, based on ...
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Resources for planning and schedule a launch-watching day-trip in Florida?

There are two options for viewing a launch from Cape Canaveral: Pay to enter Kennedy Space Center (KSC), or watch the launch for free from a public space. The above choice will dictate what ...
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Could you enter this building when it was over New York City?

Due to the nature of elliptical orbits, and given that perigee is in the south, the building will fly fast and low in the south and slow and high in the north. Let's calculate it. In an elliptical ...
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How can I calculate the weight a aero-spacecraft occupant experiences during sub-orbital but non-ballistic trajectories?

My interpretation of your question is this: At 0 horizontal velocity, an aircraft needs to provide 100% of its weight in upward force to maintain its altitude. At orbital velocity, with the surface ...
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Does the US government plan to issue "Astronaut Wings" for anyone passing 80 km forever?

Does the US government plan to issue “Astronaut Wings” for anyone passing 80 km forever? No. From https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/07/22/us/faa-changes-astronaut-wings-scn/index.html (mirror): FAA ...
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What are Virgin Galactic Space Suits for? What do they do? What don't they do?

The suits don't serve as true space suits in any sense. SpaceX Crew Dragon suits are full-on pressure suits, designed to keep you safe in case the capsule springs a leak So slim was the new SpaceX ...
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Why did Virgin Galactic choose N2O / HTPB as its fuel?

The Virgin Galactic design was originally based on Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne design. Scaled Composites chose ("after a lengthy study") a N2O/HTPB hybrid motor for that vehicle because they felt it ...
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What is the case for human presence on the Moon?

There are some reasons for returning humans to the Moon. They could further the exploration started by the Apollo crews and they could help with construction and maintenance of lunar installations. ...
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What expenses and risks might the state of California incur that might partially justify a new "rocket tax"?

SpaceX wanted a sensible tax because sooner or later space launches would get taxed, and they feared whatever monstrosity would the legislator came up with if left to their own devices. The nice part ...
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How long will Blue Origin's New Shepard space tourist flights last?

Yes, it will only be a few minutes. (Source: blueorigin.com)
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What animals would be best suited as pets or comfort animals for extended periods of spaceflight in microgravity?

Cats, dogs, mice or rabbit as pets in zero gravity would be a problem, training them to use a zero gravity toilet would be at least very difficult if not impossible. Similar problems with eating and ...
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How bright would Earthlight be from the surface of the Moon? Can you read under the light of the Earth?

The OP links to the Forbes Mar 18, 2017 article Ask Ethan: How Bright Is The Earth As Seen From The Moon? and @PM2Ring comments FWIW, Dr Ethan Siegel is a qualified astrophysicist and an excellent ...
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Is the night sky on Earth different from the night sky on the moon or Mars?

According to @RobJeffries' answer: Even in favourable conditions, the optical depth of the Martian atmosphere is usally somewhere between 0.5 and 1 per airmass. (Petrova et al. 2012; Lemmon et al. ...
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Is the night sky on Earth different from the night sky on the moon or Mars?

First of all, the distances in the solar system are absolutely tiny compared to the distances between stars. To the casual observer, the celestial sphere (by which I mean everything in the sky except ...
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Does Mars have badlands?

The formation of badlands is a result of two processes: deposition and erosion. Part of HiRISE PSP_001902_1890, NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The image above shows stair-stepped hills on ...
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Does Mars have badlands?

The Altamont Enterprise site given by called2voyage and repeated here gives a pretty impressive comparison. Perhaps we should not be so surprised that a small, rocky planet that's relatively close to ...
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