Private space plane
Earlier, I wrote: “[…] the European Space Shuttle. […] equally important, this is today’s technology, not yesterday’s.”
Well, that is true, but it is today’s technology that is going to be used in 20 years. Still better than NASA and Energia, who want to use yesterday’s technology in 20 years, but not a scratch on American civilians, who are using today’s technology today!
Competing in the X-Prize competition, Scaled Composite’s (pity about the website) Spaceship One reached a height this month of 60 kilometers. That’s just 40 kilometers shy of real space. The system they use is similar as that planned for the European space shuttle, except that they are flying now, not twenty years from now.
Exciting times are ahead!