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Launching 200kg orbital payloads with WhiteKnight 2

Posted by: thomson - Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:02 pm
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Post Launching 200kg orbital payloads with WhiteKnight 2   Posted on: Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:02 pm
I'm not sure if that topic was discussed or not. But just in case, here's the summary:

There are talks underway about using WK2 to deliver orbital payloads of up to 200kg.

Source: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/12/09/319910/virgin-galactic-in-spaceshipthree-talks.html

For long time that was assumed next logical step, but that looks like first official confirmation to me.


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Post    Posted on: Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:46 pm
In 2008 it has been said that WK2 can launch a one-man-vehicle into LEO.

In so far much more than 200 kg is possible.

May be that 200 kg fit best or optimally into the market situation. Perhaps 200 kg are cost-optimal for Virgin Galactic.



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Post    Posted on: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:12 pm
Ekkehard Augustin wrote:
In 2008 it has been said that WK2 can launch a one-man-vehicle into LEO.


Have you got a source for that? Could be good for Copenhagen Suborbital amongst other organisations!

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