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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #120 on: October 5, 2004, 03:06 PM »
I don't get it. Didn't it cost them more than 10 million to build this thing in the first place?

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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #121 on: October 5, 2004, 04:15 PM »
That may be, but I hear they are going to try and grab at the 50 million dollar prize that's up next.


That should cover the cost of fuel, right?

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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #122 on: October 5, 2004, 06:43 PM »
October 4, 1957: Sputnik 1 launched, first artificial satellite in space
October 4, 2004: Gordon Cooper, astronaut in US's first manned space program, dies
October 4, 2004: SpaceShipOne launched, first civilian reusable spacecraft makes back-to-back flights in 7 days

Strange, eh?

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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #123 on: October 5, 2004, 09:44 PM »
Fame, glory, investment. No bucks, no Buck Rogers. A place in the history books. Cost money to make money.

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Sign Deal with Paul G. Allen’s Mojave Aerospace

Next up, the X Prize Cup!

The first X Prize Cup will be held in 2005-06 at White Sands Missile Range. It will then move to an area 30 miles north of Las Cruces, where a facility dubbed the Southwest Regional Spaceport will be built.

Teams will compete in five categories to win the overall cup: fastest turnaround time between the first launch and second landing, maximum number of passengers per launch, total number of passengers during the competition, maximum altitude and fastest flight time.

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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #124 on: October 11, 2004, 10:12 PM »
While I'm all for the privatizing of space travel/exploration as a means to prevent the futility of modern day NASA, I wonder how much innovation will come out of this. Will the privatization of space lead to breakthroughs never before seen or will it just prove to be another way for multi-billion international conglomerates to make a quick buck. Congrats though to the SS1 team, doing something that not even NASA could pull off, kudos!

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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #125 on: October 22, 2004, 10:12 AM »
Shatner aims for real 'Star Trek'

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The "Star Trek" star is among more than 7,000 people who have told Richard Branson they would gladly pay him $210,000 (£115,000) for a trip aboard his planned spacecraft, the entrepreneur said Friday.

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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #126 on: October 23, 2004, 09:23 PM »
Thats nice for all of those millionaires, and such, but what about Average Joe who can't afford that sort of cash? Am I earthbound for life?


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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #127 on: October 24, 2004, 03:53 AM »
Thats nice for all of those millionaires, and such, but what about Average Joe who can't afford that sort of cash? Am I earthbound for life?


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I heard recently that within the next decade that if sub-orbital flights similar to what spaceship one did is more common, it could an average of $10,000 per person. could be interesting if that is the case, sure its still a lot of money, but its something some people could save up for and be in reach of the goal

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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #128 on: October 24, 2004, 12:44 PM »
Right. Now I need to find 10,000 bucks.

Do I at least get peanuts on the flight?


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Re: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize
« Reply #129 on: October 24, 2004, 12:56 PM »
Right. Now I need to find 10,000 bucks.

Do I at least get peanuts on the flight?


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I think they will hand out M&M's on the filight. Maybe sort of a nod to Mike Melvill!  ;)

Heres the site to Virgin Galactic
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Re: Manned Mission To Mars, Moon
« Reply #130 on: January 3, 2005, 07:29 PM »
Hard to believe that a year later, the Mars rovers are still working hard.

Rover hits one-year mark on Mars

Great stuff on the Mars Exploration Program   8)

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Water on Mars!
« Reply #131 on: April 1, 2005, 08:42 PM »
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Re: Water on Mars!
« Reply #132 on: April 1, 2005, 08:46 PM »
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Re: Water on Mars!
« Reply #133 on: April 1, 2005, 08:55 PM »


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Re: Water on Mars!
« Reply #134 on: April 1, 2005, 09:57 PM »
Hmmmm. I suppose it would be much too easy to post any of the obvious "Uranus" jokes (or pictures) in this thread now, wouldn't it?
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