SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe Why can't we fly a plane into space 1 day 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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MpowerLife
That's crazy to think is 10 years will be teleporting to dubai from LA to Tokyo London in 25 minutes omg cant wait fuckjng amazing shes fucking amazing so smart she puts such a strong face for women out there to become mechanical engineer love it
Edward Slavov
I don't know how traveling around the earth with BFR is gonna happen when recently a Falcon 9 launch was postponed about 5 times because of bad weather?
Brianna da Silva
This video literally almost made me cry. It almost sounds silly, but I am just...... so inexpressibly grateful and in awe to be alive right now, at this period in time. How lucky we are for this to be in OUR lifetimes.
hello moto
Everybody is talking about the new fantastic technology, interconnected Web for the entire world, floating cars, underground driving, hyper speeds, living in space, space elevator, robotics . Etc, but while they're racing to achieve these goals they are also overlooking one extremely important aspect... sabotage. Where ever there is good, the circumstance of darkness surrounds it, there for you can never exclude sabotage and destruction... since bombing and shootings on earth are in the 10-100's, rape, trafficking, drug, illegal weapons are rising, it's easily seen that the death toll rate for new technology sabotage will be in the millions, with hundreds of thousands of people at risk... but new technology is just so enlightening that it's overlooked by everyone until someone outside the box causes mass chaos... then it's, we should really implement something here as well
De Evolve
Once the hype passes, then we might be able to move on.
Gumba 213
Looks like the Apollo LIM
USA's Last Resort
She’s so smart she made him answer his own questions about “Elon time”. So must be so intimidating to weak men. Kinda sexy 😍😍
Ty James
There are many worlds and creatures to inhabit such places
Wade Greenway
I want a Mars Bar
70snostalgia
Is it just me or is Gwynne kinda cute?
stespin
It's visionaries like her and Elon that will change the world.
n00bBagHead
Gwynne I will quit my job sell my house and move my family for the opportunity to work on your amazing team. The things you work on are the stuff that make me happy to be a human. Whether you fail or succeed at least you dared to go forward.
MasterMazeProductions
Gwynne was employee #7 at spaceX......she's literally the Badass af 007 of the aerospace industry
Richmond
Beautiful beautiful beautiful mind.
GenasysMech
BFR Shuttle flights to the Antartic........make it routine!
Bob Holland
That woman is amazing.
Sarah Fimm
This woman rocks so hard. How inspiring.
jeff powell
Good God! It's nice to take a break from the political lunacy and embrace listening to Gwynne Shotwell who understands logic and first principles!
Josh Bell
The interviewer looks like he could be Elon's father. They even talk in a similar way. That is Elon from the future maybe?
Faisal Nazik
she is incredible
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Why can't we fly a plane into space SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe 1 day 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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