Space Flight!

| | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
The news today is all about the Spaceship One first commerical flight.
If he can fly it again in two weeks he should get the X-Prize ($10 million).

But even if he does, the real progress may come from one of these two
guys. The SpaceshipOne can only reach 100km and has to come right back
down - it doesn't have enough horizontal velocity to get into an orbit.
John Carmack, the guy who wrote the Doom & Quake video games, is still
working on a low-pressure liquid fuel engine that actually descends on
its own exhaust like in the old 40's movies!

And these guys are producing blimps that lift you very high, high enough
to start an ion engine that runs on solar power, and over the course of
many days can achieve a real orbital velocity.

0 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: Space Flight!.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Doug Treder published on June 21, 2004 11:00 AM.

Finding a Camera was the previous entry in this blog.

I can see you in there! is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Powered by Movable Type 4.25