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Two Years Ago

SpaceShipOne first flew into space. I was there (posts are here and here--you might want to hit "previous" or "next" for a few other related items). Jeff Foust has some thoughts. And Robin Snelson has a report on goings-on in Mojave now.

Posted by Rand Simberg at June 22, 2006 10:32 AM
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Will SpaceShipOne run on Diet Coke and Mentos?

Posted by Alan K. Henderson at June 22, 2006 11:02 PM

No, it's not the end of the world.. but it is annoying, frustrating and pathetic. Even if he'd done only one commercial flight it would have been revolutionary. It would have proven that space tourism can be offered by non-government entities. When you consider that the reason not to do it probably had more to do with legal issues than it had to do with technical or safety or market issues, that's really quite sad.

Posted by Trent Waddington at June 23, 2006 03:40 AM

Burt Rutan and Richard Branson aren't your personal bitches, Trent.

If you want a commercial flight, build your own dangerous experimental rocketplane. Either do that, or shut your stinking trap and wait another few months till they've made something that they consider safe enough to fly regularly with paying customers.

Posted by Chris Mann at June 23, 2006 05:24 AM

Chris, commercial service from Virgin Galactic won't be available until 2008. So much for waiting a few months.

Posted by Chris Ferenzi at June 23, 2006 09:31 AM

'Pathetic' is appropriate. In the two years since SS1, the
community has provided:
1) A daytime fireworks show (courtesy of SpaceX)
2) A lot of internet verbage (courtesy of everyone else)

Ill answer Jeff Foust's question: Yes, SS1 was a stunt.

Even sadder, in another two years will Rand post a similar
'chirping crickets' comment in regards to the COTS finalists?

Posted by Greg at June 24, 2006 05:27 AM

I doubt it Greg. Richard Branson doesn't throw around $150m cheques wily nily and Burt Rutan isn't known for viewgraphs either.

The design cycle for a commercial aircraft takes many years. Give them time.

Posted by Chris Mann at June 26, 2006 12:42 AM

I brought my 13 year old son all the way from NC. We were the first ones in line to get in. (We slept in the car-yeah, I know that makes me a geek.) I still have the tickets they were handing out-#000001.

If nothing else, my son will be able to say he was there when the space boom started 50 years ago.

BTW, anybody know how I could get the major principles in the story to sign the ticket?

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