AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2683 times:
I'm really surprised this doesn't generate more interest in here. This could be the beginning of a genuine revolution in manned space travel, ushering in an era when private ventures could make up a large percentage of the activity. Such entrepuneurs could do what NASA and the Russians have failed to do, thusfar: substantially reduce the cost of putting people into orbit or perhaps, beyond. This is nothing to sneeze at and the prodigious achievements of Burt Rutan and his associates suggest it's highly probable it WILL be accomplished! If private industry sees enough of a business incentive in areas like tourism or zero-G manufacturing, then things might really start moving in a number of years. Who knows where this might lead, in time? This could be a REALLY BIG DEAL! I pray the flight is a 100% success and all aboard come home safely!
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8475 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2624 times:
I'm really surprised this doesn't generate more interest in here.
I'm not. Most a.net users are dorks who care more about the registration number of the SIA A346 that flew to LAX yesterday than cool stuff like this.
Best of luck to Scaled!
I remember my mother saying that Rutan was up to something. This was years ago when we attended an AIAA dinner that he was speaking at in Huntsville. He never comes to Huntsville, pretty much, then all of a sudden he's giving two talks here in one year? (the AIAA talk on the future of spaceflight, and an EAA Chapter Meeting talk at Moontown Airport).
Huntsville, you'll remember, is where they designed the SSME, the most powerful and complex engine ever built in the history of mankind. But Burt was just looking for a reliable and inexpensive 10,000 lbs motor.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 851 posts, RR: 51 Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2602 times:
Huntsville, you'll remember, is where they designed the SSME, the most powerful and complex engine ever built in the history of mankind.
I'm a big fan of the SSME, but since when has it been the most powerful engine ever built? The F-1 engine in the Saturn 5 churned out about 1.5 million lbf. And being the "most complex" is a rather dubious distinction if you ask me, complexity = more to go wrong.
This could be a REALLY BIG DEAL! I pray the flight is a 100% success and all aboard come home safely!
Do any networks plan to cover the launch live? I'd really like to watch this, and it seems like (since it will be early in the morning) some of the morning news shows will have the chance to show it. They gave special coverage of the Concorde retirement, and this really is the Kitty Hawk of private spaceflight.
Vorticity From United States of America, joined May 2004, 337 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2525 times:
Rutan is a genius, I tried applying for Scaled Composites before I got the job I have now It's another interesting twist to the world of space. Our space concepts seem to be changing by the week, this opens up new doors. Hopefully we'll be able to see it at work tomorrow, we're Aerospace Engineers, you'd think they'd led us
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2479 times:
Well, the time is almost upon us for White Knight (cool name for an aircraft by the way) to take off. Could someone with CNN keep the rest of us updated on how it is going?
As for how much I'd pay, well, I don't have the funds now, obviously, but I guess I would part with up to €50,000. Hopefully in 20 years time though, we will be able to go into orbit, and spend a week in a space hotel, for that ammount, or even less! We are living in exciting times. Perhaps with increased access to space, we might finally see as the human race how precious our planet is, and how silly all our squables really are. Again, one can dream...
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
A monumental achievement for a private developer and the forerunner of routine suborbital and eventually orbital spaceflight by more average folks than the elite astronaut/cosmonaut ranks. Within a few years, it might well be possible for someone to plunk down only $100,000. and do this as a recreational adventure. Space Adventures, Ltd. is working on this right now. While I won't have 100 g's for such a trip, some of you here just might. If so, start thinking about it; it's beginning to look like this will happen. Beyond that, who can say but I'd almost bet that a serious industry arising from this might even be taking upper-income bracket tourists to the moon within 50 years of so.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2343 times:
N328KF, I got that $100 G tag from a visit to the Space Adventures website; their effort is independent of Rutan's. If Burt can launch people for 10 grand a pop in a space tourism venture, he could well put Space Adventures out of business!
Espion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2349 times:
Wow is technology growing fast-i cant drink until 2012,yet the cost of flying to space and back is lower than that of a ticket on concorde.Cant wait until all flights are like this.This is like going back to 1927 when The spirit of St louis crossed the atlantic,cept this time we have the money hungry media and the internet