Friday, October 01, 2004

SpaceShipOne

Well folks, this is it, the moment you have been waiting for: this is officially the future.

As many of you know, on Wednesday, SpaceShipOne made its first X Prize flight. On Monday it will attempt the second. If it is successful, it will usher in a new era of cheap commercial spaceflight. Before long, we will have passed sub-orbital flights and be capable of going into orbit. Commercial space travel used to be science fiction, but now that a few people with a lot of money are paying attention to it, it is quickly becoming fact. Plans for a hotel in orbit (or on the Moon) now have set timelines. Spacecraft are under development for taking paying passengers into space.

Yes, the future is now. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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