Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by Crispy, Dec 14, 2011.
Make it so!
None of this space tourism stuff has impressed me so far. It just seems like they fly in planes that go a bit higher than usual. I want to be able to go into orbit or i'm getting my money back.
This project is very much for orbit
Yeah, it's all rubbish! If I had the chance to go up to 100Km above the earth, spin around the cabin for a bit with a poxy 6 minutes of weightlessness, I'd say No! That's pants! I want full blown orbit or nothing! Might as well save my cash and go back to Butlins instead.
I'm glad somebody understands
Wheeled out of the hangar yesterday. See more here.
It's getting there
Stratolaunch's Rocket Carrier, the Biggest Airplane Ever Built, Aces Fastest Runway Test Yet
Still a ridiculous boondoggle.
I want to see it fly, of course
Stratolaunch Flies World's Largest Plane for the First Time
Amazing thing, and as a pure feat of engineering not diminished by the questions I always tend to ask about these things: who paid and why. Perhaps questions for another thread.
Paul Allen paid for it, but he's dead now. There's no suitable rocket available for it, so they'll be using the Pegasus, which is far too small and expensive to make flying the Roc worth it. Without Allen to push the project forward, I doubt it'll ever launch anything.
It's not even useful for other jobs. Unlike the huge Russian planes built to carry the Buran shuttle, which also make excellent heavy cargo lifters.
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