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Space planes 'to meet big demand' - Shalin or anyone???

by tango_fox1 / March 20, 2008 2:58 AM PDT

Hey Shalin or any one else,

Can you guys weigh in on this?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7298511.stm

I know that we have the prototype rocket planes, but how soon do you guys realistically expect this tech in "mass market". I use that term "mass market" very loosely as each trip costs US$150,000 to 200,000 Euro and the masses can't afford that.

5 years, 10 years, or 15???

I mean they still have to deal with safety of flight issues and other things like cach

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5 years...
by shawnlin / March 20, 2008 3:41 AM PDT

5 years... maybe sooner.

Virgin Galactic already has a sizable waiting list of people who have gone. I'm sure when they get going - it'll be the thing to do. Pop-stars and other celebrities will do it for themselves, as a promotion, or both.

Perhaps another "spaceline" will promote it as the more private/purist version of Virgin Galactic - no fanfare, etc. Both can work and perhaps some people may ditch their non-refundable deposit to avoid the spotlight and just enjoy a more pure experience.

I personally think there should be a lottery for a seat or two for your "average joes/janes"

Best,
Shalin

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oops...
by shawnlin / March 20, 2008 4:30 AM PDT
In reply to: 5 years...

should be:
Virgin Galactic already has a sizable waiting list of people who have *signed up to go*.

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(NT) Indeeeeed. :)
by tango_fox1 / March 20, 2008 4:58 AM PDT
In reply to: oops...
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Quick comment - the problems

Remember the Concord. Low earth orbit is this year's supersonic. Except now we want to use a lot more fuel and a lot more explosive. You have a 1 in 100 chance of dying statistically lol.

We also want to go a lot faster with a lot more G's. That means not everyone can fly, and there probably won't be any food and drinks. A lot of people think G's and weightlessness is cool. Try G's and weightlessness with other people's vomit and piss going down your air pipe.

There is no way this will make it to the mass market, but there seems to be enough millionaires to support a few flights until one of them blows up.

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