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Scaled Composites is the name of the company. It is pretty much the baby of Burt Rutan, who has designed several high performance (and strange-looking) aircraft.Originally posted by deathstalker82:
You are probably right dai bread, but I don't know if you saw where the group won the x-prize,
Richard Branson added Virgin Airlines as a sponsor once the first flight into space was completed on June 21, 2004.Originally posted by deathstalker82:
and if I recall correctly, Richard Branson bought the company and is pouring money into it.
I remember some time in the late 70s or early 80s a semi-serious proposal to use up the earth's atomic bomb supply by exploding them behind a spacecraft as a means of interplanetary propulsion.Originally posted by analog:
Back around 1960 Westinghouse built and tested some fission rocket engines. Freeman Dyson describes them in his "disturbing the universe". They are a bit messy, for they hurl decomposing atoms out their exhaust.
Fusor.org is a dead parrot.Originally posted by analog:
You might enjoy the fusion-by-electrostatic-confinement experiments of a Prof Miller at Univ of Illinois, he's working on a rocket engine based on that principle. The basic idea is so simple there's already a bevy of hobbyists making neutrons in their basement "Mr Fusions". As usual, our real progress comes out of our play. Fusor.org has some links.
Interesting article on that topic:http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20020124.htmlOriginally posted by analog:
As to SETI, I'm beginning to wonder is there a non-electromagnetic medium we should look for?
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