Posted on Friday, April 06, 2018 - 04:02 pm:
Even though I work on newer/future programs for The Spaceship Company, it's always a thrill in flight testing when the company you work for can check off a major milestone.
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2018 - 04:11 pm:
EXCELLENT! How high?
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2018 - 04:22 pm:
A little over 85,000 feet. This was a short rocket engine run. ALL intended test points were hit. Next flight will be longer engine run - higher, faster and further envelope expansion. They have TONS of data to pour through.
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2018 - 05:29 pm:
To be a part of something like that has got to feel great. There is no greater advancement for mankind than space travel. You are riding the tip of the arrow in your job. I envy your position.
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2018 - 08:57 pm:
That is so cool . . . so far beyond cool . . . that we need a new word. I can only think of one thing more exciting . . . being Steve Slaughter the racer . . . . oh . . wait . . . you ARE . . oh geeez . . .we really do need a new word. That is awesome! :-)
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2018 - 11:18 pm:
That was really cool, awesome, trick. exceptional... Wife even came in and watched. We both cheered. Congrats and thanks Z
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 12:45 am:
So dang cool we get to see this in our lifetime, truly the stuff of dreams. Space dreams! I thought Black Sky was one of the most inspirational documentaries ever, good job man!
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 08:27 am:
Spaceship "UNITY" was named by Stephen Hawking.
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 01:02 pm:
Lots of fiber, very healthy. All joints grout free. Uses synthetic oil only.
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 02:59 pm:
Thats freaking awesome! Before much longer, "virgin" will have to change its moniker to something that indicates a little more "experience"... just saying Watched a couple more videos on it. The "approach to stall" would be really interesting to learn more about (and scary to think about). That thing looks like it would have to maintain a ton of forward velocity to have any type of lift or glide ratio. Which means it's also scary to think about landing at missile-speed. Do you happen to know the glide ratio and how much fwd speed it needs not to stall? Google (and duckduckgo) don't seem to know.
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 03:11 pm:
That was really impressive! Brought back some memories too! In the beginning you could see the mountains in the background. I believe that's jawbone canyon. I rode dirt bikes up there many years ago. After riding to a peak we stopped and watched a couple of pilots having a dog fight! Very cool area. Congrats on the success!
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 10:54 pm:
Tootal - you are correct. The release was almost OVER Jawbone!
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 12:25 am:
Thats what she said
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 03:07 am:
Blake - "Uses synthetic oil only." Won't the bearings just slide? Slaughter - truly awesome man. You're blessed to be doing something you love.
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 09:35 am:
Jawbone is a beautiful place and a lot of fun on two wheels!
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:12 pm:
Possibly the most awesome thread ever!
Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:26 am:
Truly awesome! The feeling the pilots must get upon release and firing the rocket! Oh my it makes me get all wound up with excitement just watching it!