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  •  The importance of suborbital spaceflight (5+ / 0-)

    is exactly what you touch on: The view.  The more people get to see that view with their own eyes, the more it changes the psychology of society.  And, of course, we all want a future where point-to-point travel will be possible - e.g., New York to Tokyo in a couple of hours.

    My irritation with Virgin Galactic is based on opportunity cost.  It doesn't stop anyone else from doing better, but it's still awful to see potential wasted.  VG has made and continues to make some poor, short-sighted decisions.

    Ever get the feeling you've been sold a monorail?

    by Troubadour on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:25:32 PM PDT

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    •  We've Devoted Half a Century To Making the Short (2+ / 0-)
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      sight the only economic view that matters.

      Whatever's economically wrong with this is not Branson's fault.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:34:24 PM PDT

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    •  More like SpaceShipNone IMHO (1+ / 0-)
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      View be damned--you aren't going to goose a revolution in space travel a half-dozen plutocrats at a time.

      The whole idea that this is space travel is bullshit. The only--ONLY--reason that 100 km is defined as the lower edge of "outer space" is so X-15 pilots would qualify as astronauts. We've known how to build a machine that can get its human crew back down safely from 4000 mph and ~100 km without having to replace half the craft for coming onto 50 years now--the aforementioned X-15. SpaceShipsNone are just repeating history as farce.

      Anyone who was serious about promoting real "space travel" would be thinking long & hard about how to get a craft down from 15,000 mph and >100 miles without having to replace half of it every flight or spend 2 months inspecting & patching the heat shield. There ought to be a competition for that re-entry capability--call it the Y-Prize. And then run a Z-Prize for SSTO via scramjet boost. Do that & you're in busines.

      But I agree with you, this Virgin Eclectic mickeymouse is a dead end.


      by Uncle Cosmo on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 12:45:26 AM PDT

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      •  We've neglected high-altitude flight in general. (0+ / 0-)

        So I'm very supportive of the concept.  Just not Virgin Galactic's technological and business strategy.

        Ever get the feeling you've been sold a monorail?

        by Troubadour on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 05:34:42 AM PDT

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