Getting to space

September 2, 2003 at 10:06 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Having worked on the Space Station for many years, I was saddened to see the loss of Columbia and the loss of American manned capability. A colleague and this article speculates that suborbital RLV (reusable launch vehicles) may be a necessary step on the way to realizing the goal of a profitable and reliable way to get to orbit.

The issues surrounding future spaceship designs reminds me of quote I heard a while back:

   Making spaceships look like airplanes makes   about as much sense as making airplanes look   like locomotives

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