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? :huh:bubba said: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?
some guy is a virgin? :smilebig:SomeStrangeGuy said: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? :huh:
I had a question about that for you "rocket science" types about that....phozed said: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.
Thanks.... :thumb:luvtolean said:Yeah, it has auxilliary thrusters and a movable tail boom.
As it sounds like you suspected, loss of aerodynamic control due to altitude was the reason it went into the roll event. Because of this it was more like space rotation without feeding excessive loads into the airframe.
They made a point of saying the systems worked perfectly too.
My poor GF had to listen to me yammer on about this implications of this flight last night. :rotfl: I think this is truly revolutionary. Branson is saying $200k will be the price to go. Hell, that's not even the über rich, just the well off who decide they really want to go!
SpaceShipOne Guru: NASA Needs a Visionary
Sun Oct 24, 4:02 PM ET Science - AP
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Burt Rutan, an aviator whose SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize for making three suborbital space flights, said NASA (news - web sites) needs another Wernher von Braun — and chided the space agency for what he called a failed space shuttle program.
On a weekend tour of historic space-program sites, Rutan said the German rocket scientist was a visionary. "We don't have anybody like him today, and that's why we aren't" going forward in space flight, he said.
In Huntsville, Rutan met with Ernst Stuhlinger and Konrad Dannenberg, both members of von Braun's Huntsville-based German rocket team, and viewed some of von Braun's research papers. A 1949 book of von Braun's titled "The Trip to Mars" interested him.
"There it was in print, how to get to Mars. There was the blueprint to accomplish that goal and it was written in 1949," Rutan said.
Rutan showed a film Friday night on SpaceShipOne's development and flight to an audience of 250 people in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's IMAX theater.
At a press conference, Rutan chided NASA for problems with the shuttle program.
"NASA basically failed with the space shuttle program in the late 1970s before the first launch because it couldn't deliver on the low cost to orbit promise, and it can't deliver on the safety," he said.