Topic Reading-Vol.2750-10/22/2019

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Topic Reading-Vol.2750-10/22/2019

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2019/10/22 Topic Reading-Vol.2750-10/22/2019

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Virgin Galactic unveils Under Armour spacesuits

Founded by a billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson in 2004 as part of the Virgin Group, Virgin Galactic is a space tourism company which is aiming to provide space flights for tourists. The British spaceflight company is developing commercial spacecraft to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists and suborbital launches for space science missions. They use the reusable SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system, consisting of WhiteKnightTwo, a four-engine, dual-fuselage carrier jet aircraft that carries SpaceShipTwo up to an altitude of 50,000 feet. SpaceShipTwo, a reusable, winged spacecraft carries six passengers and two pilots, then fires the rocket motor and commence a near-vertical climb. The acceleration forces will reach around 3.5G and push the spaceship to speeds nearly three and a half times the speed of sound towards space. There, passengers, who are wealthy enough to pay the $250,000 ticket for a two-hour flight, will experience a few minutes of weightlessness and enjoy seeing the colorful Earth and black outer space. Though the entire trip takes less than two hours, it poses extraordinary challenges to human bodies by rapid changes in G forces, from six times the normal weight to zero, and back to the ground in a very short period of time. Will those passengers, or astronauts, have to wear the clumsy spacesuits like ordinary spaceship crew?

No. They are Virgin’s prime passengers. They deserve more fashionable and comfortable, yet functional customized protective armor to enjoy the flight. While proper attire is required for a luxurious trip that lasts as long as a five-course dinner, safety is the number one priority for any commercial flight.

Enjoy reading the article and watch the video to learn about this fashionable space suit.

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