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Marking the solstice the best way...

...chasing the sun and stealing back some of Icarus' fallen glory...

Congratulations to the team at Scaled Composites, and to Paul Allen...

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nmg
Jun. 21st, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)

Bah. Getting above the atmosphere is the easy bit. Getting above the atmosphere with enough fuel to achieve orbit is much harder.

Today's acheivement puts us on a par with Alan Shepherd in 1961. I want to be on a par with John Glenn in 1962.

ffutures
Jun. 21st, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
The important part is that this is a few guys and a few million dollars, not the entire US government. Shows that commercial space-travel can be made to work.
elimloth
Jun. 21st, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
It is a good achievement for private enterprise, demonstrating a sleek looking vehicle can accomplish something that was done 40 years ago. I do think the space elevator and space faring zeppelin might end up achieving something more practical while advancing the state of the art.

R.
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