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Blue Origin swipes at Virgin Galactic ahead of historic flight
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Blue Origin took shots at competitor Virgin Galactic on Twitter Friday night, comparing offerings to customers using a recent Aerospace Research Central study.
The commercial spaceflight companies have been hot on each others' heels over the last few months, both achieving successful test flights of their vehicles.
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Blue Origin – founded by Jeff Bezos – seemed a step ahead of Virgin Galactic, which had experienced some delays – until founder Richard Branson announced on July 1 that his company was aiming for a July 11 VSS Unity launch from New Mexico – nine days ahead of Bezos' previously-announced New Shepard flight.
And though Branson has previously denied any quarrel with his fellow billionaire, Blue Origin is still throwing punches.
The company's main point of contention appears to be regarding the Kármán line: an imaginary marker 62 miles above mean sea level which many organizations use as a way of determining when spaceflight has been achieved.