Not an Impala post but if your into hp. and torque ( thrust in this case) you have to appreciate
the awsomeness of the great machines!
I've seen the first launch and seen the final landing from NASA. Hate to see this go by the wayside and hope NASA is only taking a break on this.
Thank you NASA proving that the USA is the greatest!
One can only hope! But I remind you that Britain used to rule the waves. This year she sold off her last capital ship (a jump deck air craft carrier) to the Chinese (by way of a third country) because she couldn't afford a Navy. When Oboma pulled the plug on the Constellation series of heavy lift rockets it was because we couldn't afford space flight. He stated we could always thumb a ride on either commercial rockets or on a flight made by our close personal pals the Russians. History tends to repeat itself, or if not repeat at least ryhme.
Big Dave (around for Shepard's May '61 launch and recovery)
Not wanting to turn this post into politic's; but I would'nt want to go into low orbit in a garage built rocket or sitting shotgun with the Ruskie's.....just my thought's. And think that we have to pay 65M to hitch a ride, where's the cost saving's in that. That's like paying for a bus ride to town when you have a gassed up 427 in the driveway.
Richard Branson (estimated net worth aprox 3 Billion) should have his feet held to the fire by Susana Martinez and be forced to ante up the full cost of "King" Bill Richardons' "Spaceport America" boondoogle. In one of the poorest states, with some of the worst roads, it is absolutely banal to spend scarce transportation dollars or to go into deficit spending to fund something of this nature! ( local resident, forty miles south of the SA site )