Thursday, July 28, 2005
Carl On Private Spaceflight
Carl's post has great photos, btw. And links! Always lots of links.
On the brighter side, Branson and Rutan are forming a new company to build spacecraft:
Called The Spaceship Company, the new entity will manufacture launch aircraft, various spacecraft and support equipment and market those products to spaceliner operators. Clients include launch customer, Virgin Galactic—formed by Branson to handle space tourist flights.The government of today is bureaucratic and rarely does anything superbly. When NASA was dominated by scientists and engineers it performed astonishingly well. However, given current political realities I don't think that will ever recur, so perhaps Carl is right.
The Spaceship Company is jointly owned by Branson’s Virgin Group and Scaled Composites of Mojave, California. Scaled will be contracted for research and development testing and certification of a 9-person SpaceShipTwo (SS2) design, and a White Knight Two (WK2) mothership to be called Eve. Rutan will head up the technical development team for the SS2/WK2 combination.
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