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  1. Rolavine

    Rolavine Guest

    Private Rocket Recovers, Enters Space
    SpaceShipOne Climbs to Unofficial Altitude 62 Miles on Quest for $10 Million

    SpaceShipOne, with astronaut Michael Melvill at the controls, climbed to an
    unofficial altitude of more than 330,000 feet, about 2,000 feet above its
    target altitude of 62 miles.

    Way to go!
  2. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    A related story:,1,7286207.story?coll=la-home-headlines

    I like this tidbit:
    Most commercial space ideas have failed, although two people bought their
    way into orbit in the last few years by paying $20 million each to ride in
    a Russian-built Soyuz. A modified Boeing 727 passenger jet this year also
    began offering rides at high altitude, but not in space, with a few
    minutes of weightlessness.

    The possibility of making money from space tourism recently received a
    big boost when Rutan's passenger rocket reached the lower boundary of
    space. The feat was accomplished with a total investment of little more
    than $20 million ? a far cry from the billions spent by NASA to develop
    space vehicles.

    Now, what was somebody saying about government funding?

  3. If the US govt were serious about opening space to civilians it would offer a
    $billion prize for the first SSTO craft capable of carrying 20 passengers or
    equivalent payload plus crew.


    The Consensus:-
    The political party for the new millenium
  4. Tut tut. There's quite a difference in making a 60 mile hop
    and getting into orbit. If they can stay up there for a few
    days, then we're talking!

  5. Clarence

    Clarence Guest

    "One small step for man in space,
    one giant leap for commercialization of space travel?" :)})
  6. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Right when the first air-bag Mars Rover was all in the news, there was a
    call-in program on something like CNN, with some NASA scientists, and some
    politicians, and so on. I actually got in, i.e., I was on the TV on the
    phone. I asked, "Is it not true that if the US government refrained from
    purchasing, say, one nuclear-missile-launching submarine, that the money
    saved would cover the entire NASA budget to date?"

    The answer was, "Pretty much, yeah."

    I was jazzed. ;-)

  7. Pat Ford

    Pat Ford Guest

    "One small step for man in space,
    one giant leap for very rich men :){)

  8. The US govt does not want cheap civilian space travel.
    They foresee Bin Laden up there tossing down rocks.


    The Consensus:-
    The political party for the new millenium
  9. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    True, but there is some serious money getting involved, like
    the guy that owns Virgin Atlantic has started Virgin Galactic.

    Way cool name. They're still suborbital, but the rest is
    basically engineering.

  10. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Not necessarily. Isaac Asimov wrote about his parents, who were immigrants.
    He said that a lot of people rode a boat from Europe to The New World, and
    most of them didn't know the first thing about shipbuilding, sailing, cargo
    lading, and all that stuff that you need to sail a boat - all you need is
    a ticket. ;-)

    A ticket on the first airplanes after the Wright Bros. was probably an
    equivalent amount in those days. (the guy's charging $190,000.00 for a 4-
    hour space ride. This will come down.)

  11. A ticket on a Zeppelin (trans-Atlantic) was $461 one-way in 1928.
    That's about $5K in 2004 dollars. The Zeppelin was a lot more
    comfortable and luxurious than a business class seat, of course.

    The main difference is that there are valid business and personal
    reasons for large numbers of people to cross the oceans. Popping up
    100 clicks and down again for a joy ride lacks that aspect. But at a
    mere $100-300K per joyride, I'm sure there could easily be thousands
    of takers, barring serious safety incidents. Even then, there's a
    $60,000 cost, a good chance of dying, and only a 17% chance of success
    climbing Everest and that doesn't stop people from trying- and that
    takes a lot of training etc. to even think of attempting. The next
    closest competitor would probably be to fly in a MIG-25 to
    75,000-80,000 feet, where the sky turns indigo, which is much cheaper.
    A full orbital flight would be the clincher for Branson & Co., I

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  12. I read in that Dirk Bruere at Neopax
    You may be right that the US govt. does, but it's fantasy. Consider how
    to get the stuff up there in the first place, and then the accuracy of
    nay such bombardment. You'd be lucky to hit the right hemisphere.
  13. I read in that Rich Grise <>
    He's milking it for all it's worth. (;-)
  14. Guest

    What bombardment? Get up there and take out the satellites and the US military is out of business.

  15. I read in that wrote (in
    I'm sure that the Pentagon is well aware that you don't need to get up
    there to kill satellites, because they did it, quite a few years ago.
    Some steel cubes and a certain type of gun will do the job very well. So
    it seems rather likely that there are defensive measures in place
    against any such attack.
  16. I doubt it.


    The Consensus:-
    The political party for the new millenium
  17. Guest

    What bombardment? Get up there and take out the satellites and the US military
    I would LOVE to see what kind of defense is in place to protect a satellite
    that high up, from a 'rock' fired by a 'gun' I suppose they have star trek
    shields? Those things didn't even help the Enterprise half the time.....

  18. Some rusty nails in a retrograde orbit would deny the use of space to
    everyone for quite some time.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  19. Guest

    Excellent! Of course all we have to do is pass a law to make such an action
    illegal, and once that happens, no one will do it.........

  20. Rolavine

    Rolavine Guest

    From: Rich Grise
    Was that a pun?
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