Re: Rotary Starts Production
Now, don't get me wrong here. I --want-- Rotary to suceed -- as I want
*all* of the up and comers to succeed. USL thinks there's market for all;
and we will all only succeed as a multiple of companies, other than in a
zero-sum type of viewpoint or game.
But the history of technology development programs says that these things
will *always* take a bit longer than expected. There are *always* problems.
(USL is about a year or two late on it's original plans, for example -- just
so I'm not accused of being holier than thou on this point.)
So -- if people are saying 2000, expect it to happen in 2001 or '02 or '03.
But it WILL happen.
"So it begins..." indeed.
From: Peter Wainwright <pan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: sf-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <sf-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thursday, July 23, 1998 8:42 AM
Subject: Re: Rotary Starts Production
>On Wed, 22 Jul 1998, Sam Coniglio wrote:
>> As a certain Vorlon once said,
>> "And so it begins..."
>You want to be careful with implied analogies like this you know. I mean,
>who does that make the Shadows, huh? Right...
>> It is very exciting to be aware of history in the making. This time next
>> year, the world will be taken by surprise. A wave of public interest in
>> space travel will soon crest. We need to get ready to surf that wave
>> it comes.
>Maybe so, but I think Kistler may get there first. I dunno, you stand
>around for ages and then a whole bunch come along at once.
>> At 11:08 PM 7/21/98 -0700, you wrote:
>> >"Construction Starts on Piloted Space Vehicle"
>> >SOURCE: Rotary Rocket Company
>> >: Construction has begun on Rotary Rocket Company's Roton, the
>> >: world's first piloted fully reusable space vehicle. Sections of the
>> >: tank, a major part of the 64 foot high vehicle, are coming off molds
>> >: at the Scaled Composites plant here in Mojave.
>> >: Tooling for the oxygen tank is also under way and fabrication of the
>> >: tank itself is scheduled to begin shortly.
>> >: With construction well under way, Rotary Rocket Company is on
>> >: schedule to fly an approach and landing demonstrator or
>> >: ``Atmospheric Test Vehicle'' in the first half of 1999, and a
>> >: flight test vehicle in the second half of 1999.
>> >Mark Reiff <mreiff1@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> >Gratuitous political statement, look here ->
>> >"I think we are all trying too hard to push space
>> >versus finding the pulls that attract people and their money."
>> >"The heavens reward great deeds, not excuses."
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