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  1.  (9898.21)
    So let me get this straight,

    The large, black flying cock will have an engine that runs on air and has the power to propel it into low earth orbit. That sounds incredible to me. Having engines that run on air would certainly help our world energy crisis, wouldn't it?

    Unless, this engine is going to cost a bajillion dollars and will need the critical element of Unobtanium.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
     (9898.22)
    It doesn't quite run on air. It uses air as the oxidiser that causes the rest of the fuel to burn, rather than carrying it onboard in some form, which is what rockets usually do.
  2.  (9898.23)
    No one seems to be mentioning the fact that the spacecock also looks supremely evil and is called the SKYLON spaceplane. That's just taking the piss XD
    Also, I second Fan. I don't really care if it's America specifically or not, in fact in some ways I think it's good that America will have to depend on other space agencies to deliver payloads. The exciting and powerful thing about space travel for me has always been how multi-national and co-operative it can be. More of that please!
  3.  (9898.24)
    @Paul

    That's fine and all but we Americans were the first ones to go to the moon and release our Budweiser™ fueled spacepiss™ across it's cratered surface. If you don't believe me, don't ask Buzz Aldrin about it because he is known to punch doubters in the face even at the risk of his space radiated brittle bones.

    In all seriousness - I'd love to see some worldwide unity in getting off the rock and out there. Indian, German, Chinese, whatever, let's keep doing the thing!

    My original point is about the death of an era, sure there are spaceplanes from private companies and emerging economies busy blasting rockets, but none of them are the American program in it's heyday, and nothing will ever be again.
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  5.  (9898.26)
    Heh. Conduct unbecoming an officer, I suppose, but considering the enormous personal risk Aldrin and his comrades took in going to the Moon, eminently justifiable.
  6.  (9898.27)
    Punching Bart Sibrel should be a legal requirement for everyone of voting age.
  7.  (9898.28)
    Watched a NASA video, basically a montage of the Endeavour launch, and got a little misty-eyed: http://slidesha.re/kDqJY2

    It did get me thinking; this might be the end an era, but not the end of the journey. I'm naively optimistic that the private attempts to organize space flight will be good for us... (I work in theatre, another industry that you don't exactly go into for easy money.) It might also remove the last vestiges of nation states racing to outpace each other to colonize and control...

    Anyway. Here's hoping we go back. And here's hoping that the million-dollar tickets to get on Richard Branson's space bus eventually become seat sales and discount packages. Tang included.

    (Longtime lurker, but first post, I think... hi!)

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