Another aircraft will carry the 60-foot-long SpaceShipTwo to 60,000 feet above the Earth, where “they will drop away and they will then go to 2,000 miles per hour in 10 seconds, where they get propelled into space,” Branson said
And then the paying passengers will instantly be vaporized, miles over our heads.
Would I take a flight? Absolutely. Would I be on that very first flight? Not a chance in hell.
SS2 would not get high enough to feel the heat that a Space Shuttle would feel on re-entry. SpaceShipTwo will probably only get as high as the old X-15s did. The Space Shuttle’s altitude is about 200-400 miles, while SpaceShipTwo is going to be about 65 miles
Still, you’re talking around 350k’. In my opinion, it’s a relatively untested idea and there’s a reason that we haven’t seen anyone else commit to taking paying passengers to that altitude - the risk. Like I said, I’d definitely do it if I had the chance, but I wouldn’t be a guinea pig on that first flight. Do you think Richard Branson is going to be on the first expedition? If he trusts it enough to go along, then maybe I would. Other than that, no way.