DailyDirt: Plenty Of Spaceships... Sorta

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The number of ways to get a person into space is pretty limited at the moment. Only Russia and China have operational launch systems that can escape the Earth's gravity (with people as passengers). There are a bunch more spaceships in development, though, so if you really want to get into space without a Soyuz or Shenzhou, you'll have to be patient. There have been a few recent accidents, but it looks like engineers have figured out some of the problems. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

Filed Under: emdrive, leo, new shepard, propulsion, shenzhou, soyuz, space tourism, spacecraft, spaceships, spaceshiptwo, stratospheric ballooning
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    Roger Strong (profile), 29 Jul 2015 @ 5:21pm

    Stratospheric Ballooning

    Of course you have to define "The Edge of Space" in a Comcast sort of way.

    Space is generally accepted to start at the Kármán line, about 62 miles up. Those "Rides to Space" balloon flights will only take you up 19 miles.

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jul 2015 @ 5:53pm

    EM drive has been "validated" by 4 labs. One in the UK where the idea originated, one in China, one at NASA and now one in Germany. All of the labs, except possibly the Chinese one, have questionable pasts.

    However, that doesn't mean it doesn't work. Contrary to what a lot of people say, the EM drive doesn't have to violate any laws of physics. It just means that if it works, no one has figured out what it is pushing against yet.

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jul 2015 @ 7:19pm

    EM Drive

    I plan on powering mine with a Molten Salt Liquid Thorium Fluoride Reactor with Magneto Hydrodynamic plasma extraction. It is the most energy dense solution I can come up with given current tech.
    Current reports are giving the output around .2 newtons of force per watt of power, but theoretically 2 newtons per watt can be achieved. I would be very happy with the latter, but can work with even the former as long as I am out of the earths gravity well to begin with.

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 29 Jul 2015 @ 9:32pm

    I Don’t Think EmDrive Has Been Confirmed To Work

    The one experiment I heard of, the “anomalous thrust” was observed both when the EmDrive was supposed to be operating and when it wasn’t. Which meant there was a problem with the measurement.

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