Days of Change

Falling to Earth

October 31, 2014
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Private space travel has experienced a terrible tragedy.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo crashed this afternoon in the Mojave Desert. The craft and it’s launch vehicle, WhiteKnightTwo have had dozens of test flights. There some speculation that a new fuel mixture, tested on the ground, was starting tested on the craft itself before the crash.

Now that the mundane concerns of budget and Muslim “outreach” have grounded NASA, private space travel may be the next frontier. In some ways, they will be going back to the drawing board. The first commercial flights will be at about 62 miles above the Earth’s surface, at the border to what we consider outside Earth’s atmosphere. These craft will launch, orbit briefly and land. Any Earth movement will be incidental, as the craft would probably have to touch down in a different location than it launched. The current draw of these craft is that you can brag about being “in space” at a 6 figure cost.

Of all the things government shouldn’t be involved in, I’m always a sucker for Washington spending billions on the space program. Sometimes a sugar daddy is needed for such a massive endeavor. I hope private space travel succeeds, however, knowing how truly terrible the government is becoming at doing anything right.

Richard Branson, who is effectively bankrolling this project, is right when he says, “Space is hard – but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together”

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