SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe Why can't we fly a plane into space 2 months ago   21:31

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What's up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk's pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX's race to put people into orbit and the organization's next big project, the BFR (ask her what it stands for). The new giant rocket is designed to take humanity to Mars -- but it has another potential use: space travel for earthlings.

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dave
gwynne shotwell is incredible! and what a badass name
Rauh - Straben
Milf
Pickled Cat Vids
What an amazing person.
Muuip
How can we create/use rocket fuel in a way that enhance the quality of our environment here on earth?
Muuip
How can we profitably recycle space debris?
Muuip
Proper question is:
"How can we build synergy between humanity's needs here on earth and space exploration to achieve both more efficiently?" An answer to this as an example is: "building more efficient cities here on earth in our extreme environments (desert, mountains, north/south poles, at/under sea) to support our growing world's population which will helps us at the same time understand how to build cities on other planets."
Razzes Est
Looks like FakeX rockets
NL-Camouflage
Very dangers systems  you all make for normal people
Leon May
Ummmmmmm but we can’t go back to the moon??!!!
David Lawrence
Geez ......I admired Elon....now I am a Shotwell fan too !
Stratoleft
You didn't land a rocket on a launchpad out in the water, or anywhere else, ya bunch of liars.
GINGAtoker
Let physics drive the design!!!!!!!
kidsmithree
She's beautiful...
Edge Fan
What an impressive women. Awesome!
Precious Ehiedu Onyibe
"You have one of the most amazing jobs in the planet"


That's an understatement, She has a point about many companies invested in earth things but not the massive potential of other solar systems. The problem is mostly wealthy nations and corporations that may get the upper hand.
Kenneth Schultz
How fast is around the World on a FLAT EARTH
Are you not afraid of hitting the supposed Dome
If you fly over anartica won't you fell off
Just conserned for you'ré health
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Just kidding not about the health. But.. cudl not resist som FlatTard jokes
If you talk with a company her in Aalborg .. they are quit good at qubesat
And M.E.S.H teknolegy fore you'r Wireless Multi Frequncey Tera Byte Network
Coverage of the globe
Looking forward to
SpaceX NASA And Boing
Maybe not so mutch Boing now wher the 737 is grounded we can't hawe things Falling out of the sky sorry Dome vink vink
The Reviver
there are literal escape pods were in the future
powergirl901
Don’t know how I feel about them spending untold billions just to get where Stanley Kubrick was in 1968.
Dipendra Pokharel
She exactly smiles like Bernadette Rostenkowski .
Alexandra Cipriani
What a super awesome lady many congratulations lucky Elon Musk to have such an amazing working partner . As animals are sentient beings too hey they love adventure and exploration as well.
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Why can't we fly a plane into space SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe 2 months ago   10:05

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Why can’t we fly a plane into space, what stops it from just flying higher and higher until we are in space?, sounds like a daft question but it has interesting implications that mean we might not be that far from a plane that can fly into space.

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Well, there several issues but assuming we are in something like a normal jet airliner, then one of the main problems is the air, or lack of it as we get closer to space.
A plane flies because as it is propelled forward, the wings, which are shaped to make the air flow faster over the top of them than the bottom, generate lift. As the plane goes faster the wings create more lift and when the lift is greater than the weight of the plane, it will climb up into the air.
For our plane to continue to climb it needs more speed to increase the lift. If you throttle back on the speed a bit, the plane will settle in to level flight and if you decrease the speed the plane will start to fall as lift from the wings is not enough to overcome the weight of the plane.





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