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U.S. on verge of private space travel
USA Today ^ | 2/10/2004 | Traci Watson

Posted on 02/10/2004 11:49:10 AM PST by demlosers

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:41:51 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON By the end of the year, humans are likely to ride a privately funded spaceship into suborbital space for the first time, an organizer of a competition encouraging such flights said Monday.

Two U.S. teams are so close to launching people into space that they have applied for licenses from the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA officials said Monday.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: space

An artists interpretation of the Xerus rocket, XCOR's first space craft designed to take passengers on vacation to the moon.
1 posted on 02/10/2004 11:49:11 AM PST by demlosers
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To: demlosers
Old news

The Dimocrats have been travelling there for the past half century.




Good article ... I wuz only kiddin ya.

2 posted on 02/10/2004 12:46:20 PM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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To: demlosers
There's a catch: The spacecraft must make a second flight within two weeks to win. That rule would've eliminated America's first manned spacecraft, the Mercury capsules, which flew only once.

Actually, this eliminates every manned craft that the United States has ever built. No Shuttle ever had a turn-around of two weeks.

3 posted on 02/10/2004 1:28:38 PM PST by SedVictaCatoni (You keep nasty chips.)
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To: demlosers
BTTT. This is going to be one of the greatest years in space ever.
4 posted on 02/10/2004 3:34:28 PM PST by Brett66
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To: demlosers

5 posted on 02/11/2004 7:54:39 AM PST by Physicist (Sophie Rhiannon Sterner, born 1/19/2004: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1061267/posts)
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To: Physicist
Is that from the show which featured Andy Griffith?
6 posted on 02/11/2004 8:52:17 AM PST by RightWingAtheist
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To: demlosers

7 posted on 02/11/2004 8:54:00 AM PST by RightWingAtheist
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To: RightWingAtheist
Yup. I was 14 when that show aired, and it did make an impression on me. What made me think of it was that the X-prize contestants applied to the FAA for permission to go into space. One of the important plot points of the TV series Salvage-1 was that they were continually running afoul of FAA regulations. (I remember that they skirted the regs by classifying the Vulture as a "hovercraft", there being no explicit limit on how high such a vehicle can "hover".) One thing I took away from the show was the impression that the government does more to interfere with man's exploration of the universe than it does to facilitate it. That impression hasn't changed much.
8 posted on 02/11/2004 9:07:40 AM PST by Physicist (Sophie Rhiannon Sterner, born 1/19/2004: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1061267/posts)
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To: Physicist
The themes of the show sound pretty similar to Destination Moon. I wonder if the show's writers had read any Heinlein (especially The Man Who Sold the Moon)

I tried to turn my brother on to science fiction by handing him my copy of Have Spacesuit, Will Travel. He couldn't get by the notion of someone winning a space trip by purchasing cereal box tops, and quit after the first chapter.

9 posted on 02/11/2004 7:58:43 PM PST by RightWingAtheist
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