Countdown For Rocket Planes
from the alternatives dept
With the Columbia disaster last weekend, MIT’s Tech Review has an article looking at the various players involved in attempts to create reusable rocket planes. The really interesting part isn’t necessarily the technology, but the fact that it’s private players who are ahead of NASA in this game. NASA is still working on their own plans, but the private operations seem to be moving much faster. Also interesting is that much of the focus is on pushing “space tourism” forward – though, I wonder if last weekend’s accident will slow down the enthusiasm for space tourists.