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originally posted by: Puppylove
I want to seeeeee a real one though...
originally posted by: gort51
Use the Force Luke....I mean Puppylove....and you will see them.
What I would like to see, is that some real billionaires put up some cash, say 50 mill$ each, and declare a race to the Moon and back, by any tech available....must take off from Earth, orbit the moon then land back on Earth. In the spirit of the good old days of the industrial and tech revolution when rich benefactors set up World race etc for a reward.
Launch either by the relandable rocket, off a 747 high up, via a hi altitude balloon, or if they are real smart, from the ground.
I can see hybrid tech, Jet engine/ramjet/rocket boost, using winged craft, or lighter than air craft, or some spinning vortex and gyros, solar power, nuclear battery etc.etc ....
Fully document the journey, have 50 gopros showing ever second of the journey, inside and out of the craft, they dont have to land on the Moon just orbit twice and return...should be able to do it all in a day. its not the 1960s anymore.
Now that would really get the science juices flowing dont ya think?....so whos going to approach Bill Gates and Warren Buffet with the idea?? .
originally posted by: TheHed
Also - as I didn't mention, the plane appeared to less exhibit the delta wing/lifting body configuration as it did more so resemble a B-2 type configuration... this length to width. The delta plane shapes, like the Aurora diagram posted earlier, isn't what I saw. What I saw was closer to a squished trapezoid shape. I saw a black outline ... like a plane sized triangle hole in the sky; no other lights than the leading edge lights, no discernible cockpit, no tell tale body lines... just the outline. There was no moon that night, skies were clear with unlimited visibility.