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Three Orions, two futures, one today

This is the Orion we should have had. A spaceliner, taking us to that wheel in space Willy Ley and Chesley Bonestell imagined.


From this page

Of course, there's always the first Orion. It nearly made it.


From this page

Instead, we're going back to Apollo with this one.



You know, I really miss those futures we were promised...

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sbisson
Sep. 1st, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
No disagreements there!
quercus
Sep. 1st, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
No, we should send our computers instead. They're lighter, cheaper and disposable
camies
Sep. 1st, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
and somewhat ironic that the 1/144 Orion model was probably made by Airfix?
quercus
Sep. 1st, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
If anyone hasn't read the book of the Orion project, they should really fix that pronto.
manigault
Sep. 2nd, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
"I'm 5000 miles from my future, where's my floating car, my utopia, my Mars colonies, like it's supposed to be, space 1999..."-Mike Ladd
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