Re: Rotary Starts Production


From "Tim Kyger" <kyger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date Thu, 23 Jul 1998 10:10:31 -0400

Also ---

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.

-----Original Message-----
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
when
>> 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:
>> >FYI,
>> >
>> >"Construction Starts on Piloted Space Vehicle"
>> >PRNewswire
>> >SOURCE: Rotary Rocket Company
>> ><http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/980721/ca_rotary__1.html>
>> >
>> >: Construction has begun on Rotary Rocket Company's Roton, the
>> >: world's first piloted fully reusable space vehicle. Sections of the
>> >fuel
>> >: 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
>> >propulsion
>> >: flight test vehicle in the second half of 1999.
>> >
>> >--
>> >Mark Reiff <mreiff1@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> >Gratuitous political statement, look here ->
>> ><http://home.earthlink.net/~markreiff/pork.jpg>
>> >"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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