I watched 60 Minutes TV show recently and saw this article talking about flying into space. It will get really cheap to fly and view space & moon. It’s very exciting and breakthrough. I don’t mind going space in 10-20 years
Few quote from article…
"There will be a new industry," says Rutan. "And we are just now in a beginning. I will predict that in 12 or 15 years, there will be tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of people, that fly, and see that black sky. And in 10 to 12 years, kids will not just hope. But they will know that they can go to orbit in their lifetimes."
To carry SpaceShipOne high enough to launch into space, Rutan designed and built White Knight, a twin-engine turbo jet. It took White Knight 63 minutes to reach the launch altitude of 47,000 feet.
When Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men in the world, decided to pump $25 million into Scaled Composites, it was the green light Rutan’s engineers had been waiting for, the kind of challenge that brought them to work for him in the first place.
The "rich guy" is Richard Branson, the English billionaire who owns Virgin Atlantic Airways. On Sept. 27, 2004, Branson announced a $120 million deal with Rutan to build five spaceships for paying customers. Named Virgin Galactic, it will be the world’s first "spaceline."
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Grant W. Laird, Jr.