@n0btc I guess the difference is that we can believe, or at least hope, that real space travel is being done on behalf of all mankind. Progress. Science. Exploration.
Sub-orbital flights are just a joy ride for people who can afford it. And for all their PR hype, that's all they're designed to be.
@n0btc I'm dubious, but even if you're right, it's still a joy ride.
Even if it cost as little as a ticket to DisneyWorld, it would still irritate me that a luxury joy ride was being presented as private enterprise moving into space exploration.
A suborbital flight, while impressive, is closer to the Wright Flyer than it is to the space shuttle, and my complaint is that the media should be making that clear rather than pretending Virgin Galaxy is basically a stripped down space shuttle.
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