Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Oh, there’s no way SS1 or even SS2 could handle reentry.
That was my impression, I haven't followed either of these machines as frankly they aren't that interesting. Many people don't seems to realize the huge difference in velocity required to achieve orbit vs getting high enough for weightlessness. Neither SS1nor SS2 seem to have the heat shielding that those high velocities imply.
And really, $200,000 for fifteen minutes?! SUBorbital?! There’s honestly no wonder they haven’t… *cough* taken off…
If you have the money to blow the cost is no big deal really. $200,000 is really nothing to get in on the dawn of a new era.
like SpaceX, who actually seems to be doing what a spaceflight company is supposed to.
At least, the first part. Next is actually going out into space.
The problem I see here is the lack of innovation from SpaceX. Rutan would have a more interesting solution if SS1 or whatever was replaced with an orbital container ship. That is if the platform was to launch resupply ships for the space station for example and if it could be accomplished at a lower cost with reusable hardware.
SpaceX on the other hand just manufactures rockets based on the same basic technologies we had back in the moon landing days. In any event I see NASA and SpaceX giving up on innovation and taking the easy way out with significant regressions in capability. Regressing to the Apollo capsule concept is a massive step backwards for NASA and is something that could have been left for industry in general. NASA needs to be working on a replacement for the spade shuttle. Not so much a shuttle as a plane. I can see us (the USA) being eclipsed by space plane technology within the decade.