In space, they’ll definitely be able to hear you… tweet.
If you’ve got $200,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you could be among the first group to take a sub-orbital flight into space with Virgin Galactic. And that $200,000 will even get you complimentary in-flight Twitter access.
Virgin Galactic is entrepreneur Richard Branson’s space program, looking to offer space flight opportunities to members of the paying public. With a $20,000 deposit and a total cost of $200,000, though, it’s not for everyone.
There is no firm launch date for the first Virgin Galactic flight yet, but one new tidbit of information has been released: Branson is looking for a system that will provide internet connectivity in his SpaceShipTwo craft.
As the ship would be traveling in the sub-orbital region, he can’t look to traditional wifi connections like those used on commercial jets – the technology is much more complicated. As a source quoted in Run Way Girl explains:
“The actual band used is X-band, which is in the gigahertz range. One of the big things of Ham Radio is you get a dish and bounce signals off spacecraft, or bounce them off the moon, so it’s moon bounce communications.”
But if they can get this off the ground, so to speak, it means that NASA’s astronauts won’t be the only people tweeting from space.
Personally, I’m not sure what type of person would pay $200,000 for a seat aboard the inaugural commercial sub-ordinate flight only to ignore the view from the window and instead send out a gloating tweet about being in space to their followers, but I guess it’s nice to have the option. After all, they’re paying for it.