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Posted by: John Carmack - Tue Jun 15, 2004 8:01 am
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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Sat May 19, 2012 8:13 pm
Or maybe they could say "Go go gadget Helicopter" and blades would pop out of the top and it would twirl around to a safe landing..... :roll:


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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Sat May 19, 2012 8:37 pm
let's call that plan B : ) an autorotor might actually work but it'll probably end up too complicated.

if they designed it for a water landing it could probably do with just a small light aerobrake for the whole trip. with a reasonably strong nosecone it could probably handle the ocean at 200km/h.
it went into the ground like a champ :) and the ground is pretty hard a mach 1 :)


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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Mon May 21, 2012 5:21 pm
Roton...DOA.

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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:48 am
Armadillo Aerospace Granted FAA Launch License

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — Armadillo Aerospace plans to conduct the first flight of its new reusable suborbital rocket in late August under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) license awarded July 26...

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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:50 am
Here is an official press release from Armadillo and the FAA:

At Newspace 2012 hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation in Santa Clara CA, Dr. George Nield, Associate Administrator for the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, presented Neil Milburn, Armadillo Aerospace's VP of Program Management,with an Operator Launch License for their STIG (Suborbital Transport with Inertial Guidance) class of reusable suborbital launch vehicles. This is Armadillo Aerospace's first launch license although they have already received three launch permits for their lunar lander class vehicles.

"The Operator Launch License enables Armadillo Aerospace to launch payloads for revenue service" said Milburn. "The inaugural flight of STIG B scheduled for this summer is carrying two revenue payloads, one for Vega Space and the other for the University of Purdue, and, if successful, this will qualify the STIG vehicles for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program." The inaugural flight is slated to take the payloads to greater than 100-km (62-miles) which is classified as the boundary for space. In doing so it will enable the payload providers to experience nearly three minutes of micro-G environment.

The launch will take place from Spaceport America in New Mexico and will be the first licensed launch from the Spaceport although Armadillo Aerospace has launched four earlier flights under the FAA's Class III waiver regime. The last of these flights with STIG A reached 95-km setting the stage for the space capable STIG B vehicles.

Milburn complimented Dr. Nield on AST's performance in processing the license application. "Allowed 180-days by law, the review team at AST granted the license in just 63-days, setting a new record" said Milburn. "This successfully exemplifies AST's dual role of ensuring public safety but at the same time promoting the commercial launch industry."

Armadillo Aerospace LLC is a privately owned company founded by computer gaming industry icon John Carmack and his wife Anna. They are dedicated to providing low cost access to space for both scientific payloads and space tourists. www.armadilloaerospace.com

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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:57 am
Awesome!

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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:37 pm
This quick licensing process could never been accomplished without the proper information from AA. I don't believe that many understand that AA has been the trailblazer for things like insurance to the FAA that will benefit the rest of the industry.

Congratulations to AA for once again, doing things first.

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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:41 am
John, will you be giving your annual talk about Armadillo Aerospace at Quakecon again this year? I saw that the Quakecon panel schedule was released, but AA is not featured as an official event.


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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:48 pm
Indeed! Congratulations to all the hard-working folks at the FAA and Armadillo, and especially to Neil Milburn. A lot of people see the rockets go up and congratulate the owners, designers and pilots. The development of a regulatory framework for commercial space flight is as important as the development of the flight hardware, and I think a lot of people outside of the NewSpace industry don't realise just how important Mr. Milburn's work over this past decade is and has been to Armadillo Aerospace, and to the whole industry really.

So, if I may, on behalf of all us onlookers: Thanks Neil!

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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:39 pm
There's got to be some way to free space from FAA regulation. It's reached a point where it is holding back the whole industry. A private spacecraft, launched from private land, should be able to go into space without having to go through piles of red tape. If they injure or hurt somebody on the way, they should be punished, but that is their responsibility, not the FAA's.

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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:26 pm
get some mexicans to fly it south of the border.
or do like the danes and make a crude ocean going launch site and fly from international waters.

sooner or later you will be confronted by the forces that don't want you to go to space. preferably they'll just slow you down but if you push it you'll see their true face

if you put good cameras in space and run them live for indefinite periods you'll get a reaction. could be a fast acting cancer. these sick puppies play for keeps and are void of morals.


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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:27 pm
AFAIK, US Citizens are governed by FAA regulations even when in International waters.

What I don't know is if this is the same for other countries.

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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:45 am
SuperShuki wrote:
There's got to be some way to free space from FAA regulation. It's reached a point where it is holding back the whole industry. A private spacecraft, launched from private land, should be able to go into space without having to go through piles of red tape. If they injure or hurt somebody on the way, they should be punished, but that is their responsibility, not the FAA's.


Exploring space is dangerous, and not just to the explorer. If you're able to put a ship in orbit, it means you are able to crash it more or less anywhere on Earth - potentially killing thousands or more, or causing billions in damage - probably much more than you (a person or a low-to-mid size organization) are able to pay for.

You can't just rely on people being reasonable - unsafe space exploration has to be prevented.

There has to be some balance between safety and bureaucracy, and the current state of being able to receive permit after proving you are quite safe is within reason, imho.


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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:54 am
I used to be in Range Control at Vandenberg Airforce Base in California and the Goverment could only ask boats that were in international waters to leave the designated area, but could not force them. It didn't matter if they were U.S. citizens or not. We would scrub a launch that would cost millions to delay it if there was a boat that didn't move out of the way. All in the name of saftey. Would you really want a rocket crashing through your roof and killing your whole family? What would be the punishment? A slap on the hand? Like it or not, we need these rules. That doesn't mean it can't be handled or treamlined better.


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Post Re: Official Armadillo Q&A thread   Posted on: Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:13 pm
Morpheus fail: http://youtu.be/yZPnTK3Bhgw


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