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It’s been a particularly good week for Sir Richard Branson. SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic’s sub-orbital peoplecarrier broke the sound barrier for the first time, and Virgin America began service into San Jose, California. Sir Richard was in town to welcome VA’s first San Jose arrival, and we jumped at the chance to chat with him, even if only for a few minutes.
Our conversation revolved around Virgin Galactic’s latest milestone on its journey towards ferrying the masses to the stars. Naturally, we wanted to know his plan to make space travel affordable for us non-billionaires, as the current cost of a Virgin Galactic ticket is a cool
$ 200K quarter million dollars. His solution? A combination of more spacecraft, more spaceports and the most prolific satellite delivery service in history.
This summer time has actually been one of the harshest in recent memory in the US, with record heat waves and even more than half of the country experiencing the worst drought conditions in even more than 50 years. And in a more uncomfortable development, an iceberg twice the dimension of Manhattan escaped from Greenland this week. The need to establish clean alternatives to fossil fuels and water-saving innovations is more urgent than ever, however we’re making development in many crucial locations. In California, scientists fired 192 lasers onto a solitary point, producing an incredible 500 trillion watts of energy and delivering them one step nearer to starting a nuclear fusion reaction that would produce an almost limitless supply of clean energy. In an additional promising development, a teenager in Egypt identified a way to turn the nation’s plastic waste into $ 78 million worth of fuel.
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Richard Branson confirms Virgin Galactic’s first space tourism flight will launch next year with him on board
Richard Branson has long said that he ‘d be on board Virgin Galactic’s very first commercial space tourism flight, and he’s now verified that will occur sometime next year with his 2 adult kids along for the ride (a bit of a problem from the business’s original 2011 target). That trip will of course be made with the company’s SpaceShipTwo craft, which has actually currently completed a number of test flights, and which is capable of flying 100 kilometers (or merely over 60 miles) above the Earth for an organized 2 and a half hour flight with 5 moments of weightlessness. As the AP notes, some 529 individuals have currently enrolled for the $ 200,000 per individual rides into space, each of whom will need to participate in a week of training prior to their trip. Booking’s can still be made on Virgin Galactic’s site.
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Google’s been spending some quality time with its Maps offering of late. Most recently, it overhauled the 3D buildings and landmarks to make them, well, better. This time, its Maps’ juiced up sibling MapsGL that’s been feeling the paternal love. The WebGL-based 3D renderings have been given parallax perspective, making your virtual aerial tours all the more realistic. As you glide over the landscape, your view of the building changes accordingly, more like in real life. Or you could just take the lazy tourism one step further. Hit the source for examples.
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Cybernics — it’s not a typo, it’s a completely new field that mixes cybernetics, mechatronics, and informatics with an all-human core. Pioneered by Tsukuba Univeristy designer Yoshiyuki Sankai, the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) exosuit originally created to aid Japan’s eldery has now found an even nobler mission — assisting disabled tourists. Through detection of weak muscular bioelectrical impulses in the legs, this RoboCop-like lower body suit boosts its wearer’s load-bearing abilities by a whopping 176 pounds. The exoskeleton tech first helped paralyzed Seiji Uchida nearly tackle Switzerland’s Breithorn peak in 2006 and is now getting another go at the disabled traveler’s bucket list. This time ’round, Uchida hopes his ride atop a HAL-outfitted human will successfully carry him to the top of Normandy’s rugged Mont Saint-Michel, paving the way for other similarly handicapped travelers to do the same. Although the robotics in question here is more mech suit than say, dental training real doll, it’s still a huge leg up for the nascent research industry that got its kick-start making a wish come true.
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Seen here with a previous conquest (which may or may yes be an ‘I Love You’ edition Build-A-Bear), al Sayed al Essawy, the self-proclaimed world’s strongest man (despite never competing in those contests I’ve seen on ESPN) plans to fight a 10-year old, 500-lb lion in front of the pyramids to revive Egypt’s struggling tourism. Not gonna lie: I would’ve looked into running a Groupon first. Fear not though, al Sayed doesn’t want to actually kill the lion, just tie it up. The lion? The lion’s gonna want to put guy’s head in its mouth and chew. Dude does know the “world’s strongest man” is still < A F***ING LION, right?
Al-Masry: What about animal lovers? Are you aware of how many people your lion-fighting plans have angered? People are threatening to boycott Egypt and any Egyptian products because of you.
Essawy: That’s because they don’t understand what I’m going to do. They think I’m going to kill the lion. I’m not going to kill it, nor will I be armed with a sword or dagger – those are all false reports circulated by the media for reasons I don’t understand.
Al-Masry: So, you’re not going to kill the lion?
Essawy: No. Unless it’s a matter of life or death, in which case I will be forced to kill it.
Al-Masry: When is fighting a lion not a matter of life or death?
Essawy: It’s up to the lion. If he chooses to withdraw, or surrender, and lets me tie him up, then I will not kill him and the fight will end. But, like I said, if it comes down to either me or him, I will have to kill him. But I don’t want to kill the lion, nor am I planning on it. I want to make that clear.
There’s an entire interview if you follow the link in which al Insaneo talks a bunch of other contradictory craziness about the fight, his training, and all around bat-shit insanity that can only be explained by a life of demanding people “hit me as hard as you can, I can take it.” If it’s a fair fight, dude’s gonna get his face mauled off.
Q&A with Egypt’s Gladiator: Fight with Lion still on! [almasryalyoum]
Al-Sayed al-Essawy, Egyptian ‘Gladiator,’ Hopes Lion Fight Will Boost Egypt’s Waning Tourism Trade [huffingtonpost]
Thanks to Andrew, who agrees if this turns into al Sayad and a guy dressed as Lion-O greco-Roman wrestling in a kiddy pool full of baby oil that shit is gonna be hot. “I didn’t say that.” I know, I said it for you.
Space tourism is alive and well thanks to Virgin Galactic. They continue their ventures. If thats not bad ass I dont know what is. The part that probably wont be so bad assâ€¦ The priceâ€¦ But who knows maybe it will come down to, say the price of a small house.
Apparently next month is the planned public debut at the Virgin Galactic Spaceport.