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SpaceShipOne Does it Again...

....sounds like this one was a pretty wild ride!

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...e_spaceship_22

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Talented dudes.

I wonder how much they'll spend to win the $10M prize?
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Re: SpaceShipOne Does it Again...

Saw that this AM as well. The part that baffles me is knowing that they had to have spent more than $10 million on developing something like that. I'm thinking that prize might cover 1/2 their expenses...if that.
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Re: SpaceShipOne Does it Again...

Yep yep. Watched it live on CNBC. History in the making.

Let's see them pull it off again within the next few days

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I'm thinking that prize might cover 1/2 their expenses...if that.
I joked about that, too, but there's a potentially huge commercial payoff. The $10M will help offset some R&D cost.
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Re: SpaceShipOne Does it Again...

It's not about the $10M. It's about making it into the books. I remember reading somewhere that the costs for this vehicle were in the $30-$50M range, still waaaaaaaaay cheaper than anything the world's governments have been ponying up. Isn't the average Space Shuttle mission (single flight) over $1.1B? Sheeeit...

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Re: SpaceShipOne Does it Again...

The article said that Paul Allen had $20 million into the project. There could be more from other investors though.
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Re: SpaceShipOne Does it Again...

I watched it and it just blew my mind thinking about the implications of this flight. Add to that the fact that I was able to watch it live, via the internet, with live video from Spaceship One no less. I think I have a better understanding of how people felt in '69 w/the moon landings.

Seeing that thing spin out of control though was nuts - I was so nervous. I guess they cut the engines about 10 seconds sooner then they planned on doing because of the rolling. We think racers have a pair, but the 64 yr old pilot of this craft is in a whole different class.

Did you hear the speech afterwards? They were calling for 50 flights a day, F1 racing in space! (And for the same cost!!) Don't underestimate this accomplishment!!! Western civilization has entered a new chapter.

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Re: SpaceShipOne Does it Again...

Yeah, my work clears out on days like this a heads out to the desert. See we build rocket engines for the shuttles, delta vehicles, etc.... This could either be the best thing that has happened to our industry or the worst.

I see it as a truly amazing accomplishment. It really is a new world and when they launch again in two weeks, nothing will be the same for space travelers.

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Re: SpaceShipOne Does it Again...

i was just reading this on yahoo.
now that it has been done, what is the expectation of the public in the future. when will it be cheap enough to actually use?

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And Futurama gets closer to reality......

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i was just reading this on yahoo.
now that it has been done, what is the expectation of the public in the future. when will it be cheap enough to actually use?
I expect the public to maintain a status quo and retain their publicity. It will likely be cheap enough for you and I, or well ok you and Donald Trump to use within the next 7years. I think that Virgin guy is saying 2008?
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The $10M will help offset some R&D cost.
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I expect the public to maintain a status quo and retain their publicity. It will likely be cheap enough for you and I, or well ok you and Donald Trump to use within the next 7years. I think that Virgin guy is saying 2008?
some guy is a virgin?

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some guy is a virgin?
well yes this is true for some things Bubba.
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