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SS2 Delay

Jeff Foust talked to Burt Rutan at yesterday's rollout.

Rutan confirmed that the investigation was causing "a lot" of design changes for SS2. "We have not worked on SpaceShipTwo in a year," he said, "because there's a possibility that the propulsion system would be markedly different and we'd be building things that we would have to scrap."

So they've essentially lost a year due to the accident. I wonder if they'll finally switch over to a liquid system? It would save them quite a bit in ops costs, I'd think.

[Update a few minutes later]

Here's more on the subject from Rob Coppinger, who interviewed Burt.


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Jim Bennett wrote:

Or, subcontract the development of the hybrids to a firm that actually had some exprience doing it. If they went about developing a liquid system the same way they approached doing a hybrid system, I wonder what the results would be?

Rand Simberg wrote:

I think they drank too much of their own koolaid about how safe hybrids were, and thought that anyone could do it.

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