SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe Why can't we fly a plane into space 5 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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Tia Brooks
a new way to travel...a new way to die..i don't trust it!...Now we gonna die lighting fast
frederick winn
I hope that Space X actually attempts to compete in the super sonic / hyper sonic transportation race (if there is one). Once again, for the wealthy only. I certainly would not buy one of his grid re-charged cars, so i doubt that i would get on one of his "big ****ing spaceships". When these techies do something for Humans, i will let you know what it is, (actually his solar roof, and battery idea is good, but far too expensive ), in the meantime, stay tuned for the Humanitarian Scientific Foundation's evaluations, and awards. 2018 award given to Dr. Aniruth Garg, of India, for his expansion of Lemon Grass as a natural mosquito control.
sbounty3
Holy crap! THIS, is what it looks like to 100% believe in and back what you're doing! THIS, is what it looks like to be living out your dreams! She is the walking talking definition of the result of hard work, determination, and perseverance! This woman is a newly added person to aspire to be like in my life! Thank you so much Gwynne Shotwell for being the epitome of both amazing and awesome!
Llama XGaming
People on other worlds or species(aliens) are demons. Aliens are made from human skin and DNA samples, that's why they abduct people and take samples. They grow our skin and dna until they can wear it. Right now we have aliens(demons) walking the earth. You can even speak to a demon and not realize it. Aliens are a weak attempt of Lucifer for people to fantesize about other worlds and species and deny the existence of God father of Jesus Christ. Some people think that Men in Black is just a movie with Will Smith but it is also real. Almost any story on this planet is real and not just imagination. Dinosaurs are not extinct. They live underground, they have vegetation and light. Light comes thru water and lights inside the earth thru the process of refraction. At one moment God will allow them to come out. Why? To shame scientists that say dinosaurs dissapeared millions of years ago. The dinosaurs will be smarter than the smartest dog on the planet and they will use this intelligence to hunt animals and humans. They will live near waters. Gold will be used as building material as water with go into the ground and gold will surface in huge quantities. We need to aknowledge and repent our sins because the end is near and the judgement of Jesus will be rightheous.
John Rutledge
I can't even afford toilet paper.
John Rutledge
Is it ok to walk through the mall in scuba flippers?
daniel kinney
THEY ARE NOT GOING BEYOND THE BELT they are staying in earths orbit. They are lying to you. Just like NASA
Brain Mind
She's good at what she does. I'll give her that.
Golden 47
Boooorrrriiiiinnnnnnggggggg! Bring Elon Musk next time
R Koster
pfff all I want is a Unicorn with an fullspectrum emmision .
Kirsten Angeles
Read about her in his bio I love her personality so much!
Rodney Carpluk
And even if they can get the price of the tickets down, they want to have many launches a day...so much so that the soot and aluminum will likely damage the ozone layer...
Rodney Carpluk
When they say " you"...they mean billion ares and millionares who are almost billionaires...
Jochem
I disagree with one thing: we don't actually need humanity to survive at all. It makes no difference, besides for fulfilling our curiosity. Which in the grand scheme of things, also doesn't matter.
James Koen
Elon time is standard South African time, thats just how we roll..
Faustin Gashakamba
I learned a new word: wonderment. I am happy to see how people around Elon are as much excited(ting) as him. We wish you well Shortwell. See you on Marsh in short time.
Chris Nelson
20:53 this woman never met my cat. Every time I cleaned my room or redecorated she did a through sweep of the entire room.
thesparitan
Umm, nope. I love spacex and Tesla, but this is about as stupid as the LA tunnel idea. But I love that they are trying anyways. Nothing wrong with failure as long as you try, but rocket travel across the world is just not possible for a huge list of reasons.
L Dk
Its mostly about getting a human being from a to b in the shortest possible time.
Boss Okanagan
Any CEO that thinks pressuring a team can make them produce "faster" and "better" doesn't understand that quality comes at the expense of quantity. Pretty basic management mantra.
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Why can't we fly a plane into space SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe 5 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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