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A Caveat.

Posted by: virgair - Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:51 pm
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Post A Caveat.   Posted on: Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:51 pm
Before everybody gets excited about SS1 winning the X-Prize
in the coming few days [If all goes well!], realize that SPACE TOURISM
isn't going to be a smooth transition.
REMEMBER!....SpaceShipOne is still an EXPERIMENTAL spacecraft, just
as the X-15 was an EXPERIMENTAL spacecraft; just as the MERCURY capsule
and the Apollo CSM were....
A lot can go wrong with experimental spacecraft; disastrously wrong.
Do I need to quote MURPHY'S LAW?....

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Post    Posted on: Fri Oct 01, 2004 1:36 am
I guess I don't see the point. You're urging people not to be enthusiastic, why?

If SS1 has a catastrophic error, the work will go on. XCOR has approval, (but needs funding, AFAIK), Bigelow is going full steam ahead, SpaceX is getting the Falcon on the pad as early as next week, American Astronautics could build their original unapproved (for X-Prize) design right now if they wanted it, and it goes on and on. Too many people are working on the same problem now. Someone will find a way. That genie isn't going back in the bottle.

Suborbital is doable. Two Redstone flights, two SpaceshipOne flights, and a lot of X-15 flights prove it. We've even got a price tag now.

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