Sigh. Why is it so hard to understand the can of worms that gets opened when church and state aren’t separate?
A few comments by Jim Benson from SpaceDev made me realize I hadn’t mentioned the propulsion prospects for SpaceShipOne. I think Scaled is considering a hybrid rocket engine, which uses a combination of solid and liquid fuel techniques. Specifically, they’re using a rubber solid fuel and nitrous oxide liquid oxidizer.
SpaceDev, one of the companies competing to provide the rocket, is a local (San Diego) company I’ve been admiring from afar for a while. With government-funded spaceflight facing a hostile climate, it’s good to know that someone in the private sector is taking on the challenge.
Not dead! I just got back from a week-long vacation. I’ll be posting more soon…
I don’t know why, but it’s heartening to know that some research worms survived the Columbia disaster.