Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3597 posts, RR: 21 Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2220 times:
Which will be the first private company to to space, go into orbit and land on a runway and turn around in 2 weeks.
It seems the X-prize was great, but never upped on itself for the next prize...orbital flight.
Would love to see someone create a spacecraft that launches from a runway and lands on a runway and can then do it again in 2 weeks.
Who is closest on this?
I would think that eventually private industry will go this way for paying travelers. Do you think SRB will be satisfied with just sub-orbital?
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1561 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2126 times:
Rutan could probably get to orbit with a variation of his SS1, maybe as a third stage of a much larger system, but getting back down is another story. In the real world, noone is anywhere near as far alond as Elon and his Dragon. NASA is insisting on new Dragons for each cargo flight, so SpaceX should have plenty of pre-owned capsules to use in a few years.