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Originally posted by Zanzibar
Well, that area is practically protected by the military, is not very accessible and huge. So no, it doesn't sound weird, just sensible. Being near a military installation will mean that potential terrorists or whatever will be discoraged.
Burt Rutan talking about SpaceShip Two
"I believe that after it [SpaceShipTwo] flies 10 or 12 years, that type [of spaceliner] will fly about 100,000 people outside the atmosphere," Rutan said.
"The ship that we’re developing in our shop right now in Mojave will have a very large cabin," Rutan explained. A passenger can stand up in that compartment and float up to the ceiling...put their hands out and tumble.
"The windows will have handles on them. If you want to look outside, you’re going to have to go to a window and pull your nose up against it and just look," Rutan said. "You’re not going to be strapped into seats in a small thing with little windows...if you do that, that spaceliner will not sell the tickets."
SpaceShipTwo will be "experience optimized," Rutan said. The suborbital craft will cruise high above Earth, he added, giving passengers a weightless experience and some seven or eight minutes of black sky viewing.
Flight paths of his commercial spaceship can include over-the-ocean travel, gliding above California to a desert landing, Rutan said. "We applaud when you stop on the runway. The NASA folk applaud when they clear the tower on takeoff," he said.
Originally posted by BlackThorn311
I don't understand why this is being built 90% underground....am i missing something here? Why spend all the extra money on making it a subterranean 'spaceport' when you can simply do it above ground?
[edit on 16-12-2005 by BlackThorn311]