On board Virgin Orbitโ€™s flying launchpad
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On board Virgin Orbitโ€™s flying launchpad

(electronic percussion music) This is the Mojave Air and Space Port, a scrap of desert outside Los Angeles. It’s where Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has set up shop to test its tourist spaceplanes. But today, we’re going to get a tour of another vehicle. It’s a Boeing 747 that’s been turned into a mobile launchpad […]

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5 More Strange Flying Machines
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5 More Strange Flying Machines

Everybody was so interested in our recent episode about weird aircraft that we figured you’d like some more where that came from, and luckily there are lots and lots of weird aircraft! The twentieth century was full of strange, experimental jets, but there have been plenty of other flying machines to choose from, too. And […]

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How Do Airplanes Fly?
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How Do Airplanes Fly?

Airplanes stay in the air because of one simple fact: there is no net force on them. And with no net force, an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays that way – even if it’s in midair 10 km above the earth’s surface. Now of course it’s not like […]

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Why Do Planes Fly So High?
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Why Do Planes Fly So High?

[SciShow Intro] You frequent flyer types are probably used to it, but the fact is, when we travel by air, we are way up there. The average cruising altitude of a commercial jet is 7 1/2 to 11 kilometers. In horizontal terms, that is at least as far as the average distance between you and […]

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