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Sep 21st 2010
This lot are.
and basically it's bloody great unmanned
capable of lifting a 12 Tonne (or 15
according to the BBC
) payload into geostationary orbit. Reusable, inexpensive, sleek and most importantly, black, i can see this being the ideal vehicle to launch Mr Ellis' orbital deathray, should it ever get off the ground (Skylon, not the deathray, Mr Ellis has that ready on a pallet in his garage, waiting for a lift). Sort of 'son of
', if anyone here remembers that particular design concept failure.
I'm quietly hoping this one works out despite being British and independent, therefore doomed to failure.
Sep 22nd 2010
I wonder, is it somehow part of the British DNA to dream big, then realize they're British and not, say, American, and shelve the whole thing?
That said, I want one of those! Not sure what I'd use if for (other than lord it over my neighbors. "So what if you've got a BMW, check out my ride bitch.") but one can always worry about that later. Yet with an estimated R&D budget of 10 billion US$ and only a million pounds in so far, I can't help but see this added to the HOTOL history of failures ride. Call me a pessimist, but with British reaction to space travel being pretty much a shrug and a laugh, I still think we're going to have to rely on the
to eventually bring us something novel and interesting for
travel and cargo.
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