reply to post by buddhasystem
I agree that Branson by himself wouldn't be able to afford a moon shot, even if all he did was buy off the self hardware.
With investors, and even sponsorship however, with very little spent on R&D on a new vehicle paradigm as he's doing with the Scaled Composits craft
he's contracted for development of Virgin Galactic, I would like to think that the possibility of buying a used tried and true Soyuz, mounted on
current tried and true stages, and launching from established facilities at any of the already active rocket facilities
(it's a wiki), I think it could done.
Spending time on doing R&D on a new vehicle, developing a new launch site, and getting tied up in all the red tape that offers, I think is one of the
reasons Virgin Galactic is still sitting on the ground.
If, as I said, they just bought a Soyuz, strapped on some off-the-'shelf' rockets, used existing infrastructure, and just slapped a company logo
sticker on it, I think they could of been already flying.
To the moon? Yeah, it'd be enormously expensive, but, using tech that's already active and in use, as well as existing infrastructure at an active
facility, it'd be entirely possible, and even doable by a private interest.
The tech is there, already established and vetted. The rest is math, no?
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