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Comment Re:Please put the word "space" in quotes (Score 1) 117

BTW, the "Karmen Line" is as made-up as any other of these arbitrary distinctions. They got the 100 KM first, then came up with a reason that it was relevant, not the other way around.

      The US Air Force definition of "space" is 50 miles - also just made up, but at least they aren't claiming otherwise.

Comment Re:The life of a test pilot ... oh wait. (Score 4, Insightful) 96

You would have been wrong, anyway. There's no mystery whatsoever what happens for a particular turn radius, center of gravity, turn bank, and speed. Someone with the necessary information can calculate the derail speed within a few mph. There's nothing to be learned by trying to test the limits.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."