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Stratolaunch, founded in 2011 by Paul G. Allen, is developing an air-launch platform to make access to space more convenient, reliable, and routine. We believe that normalizing access to low Earth orbit (LEO) has the potential to redefine our lives by creating more opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology from space.
It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us become less important and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative. Even more so, many of them tell us that from the Overview perspective, all of this seems imminently achievable, if only more people could have the experience!
originally posted by: Winterpain
a reply to: toysforadults
I'm agreeing with the poster which you claim is unrelated. I believe we reposition our military, save trillions of dollars, and use that money to fund Space Expansion/Internal Infrastructure that is falling apart (while we spend our cash rebuilding Iraq or Afganistan), or use to fund programs for the 99% of the population of our country.
But in this specific thread, Reposition Military, Save Money, Fund this space organization/spacex/nasa/etc.
originally posted by: oriondc
Elon Musk creeps me out. His companies are not profitable and our taxes have made him wealthy. You’ll forgive me if I’m not interested in anything else he’s peddling.
originally posted by: southornorth
a reply to: toysforadults
Hi guys, I'm an engineer out of colorado currently working on this project now. I'm a longtime fan of this site and glad to see something I'm working on finally make it here LOL. The taxi part of the system works flawlessly. We are currently building the "space ship" portion hence my involvement. I'll post pictures as they become available. I do just want to say nothing I've seen either in the lab or test ranges suggests any of this is "below-board". I know... "I'm a paid government shill." But honestly I'm just a boring engineer who works on cool #.
Thanks for the read and interest in my work!