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Comment: Re:A question then (Score 1) 594

by SecurityTheatre (#48304953) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

that's the point of this design. By flying the rocket to altitude on a subsonic plane, the cost is not 1000 times, it's more like 2 times.

Would you pay double to get there in 4 hours?

Why are we whining about this in the first place? It's interesting research.

Our cultural risk aversion is a serious problem.

Comment: Re:Typical short sighted viewpoint (Score 1) 594

by SecurityTheatre (#48304921) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

No they didn't.

It was widely believed that materials were not strong/light enough to build a practical plane that wasn't more than a toy (and they weren't until the wide use of aluminum, which wasn't available then).

And suborbital flights are the BEST way to fly between continents. Research that goes this direction is good.

Comment: Re:Who fucking wrote this? (Score 1) 594

by SecurityTheatre (#48304569) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

To be fair, the first thousand or so airplanes were entirely for "thrill seeking" purposes. There was no practical use at the time. Over 100 people died in plane crashes before there was any practical use for them.

The people at the time couldn't have envisioned wars and modern transportation being entirely dictated by aircraft.

Now, suborbital flights are potentially the future of intercontinental travel.

Why are we so averse to risk these days? I think it's a serious cultural flaw.

Comment: Re:Value (Score 1) 158

Wait, what?

The entire body is built in a different way. The primary body components are a "sled" with the powertrain and battery packs. This rigid sled makes the vehicle's center of gravity substantially lower than any other vehicle and makes the passenger compartment substantially more rigid. Both of these things result in a much higher safety than any other vehicle on the road.

Second, the vehicle is entirely drive-by-wire, which may scare the luddites, but is really the future of automotive technology.

Third, it's not only the fastest accelerating production care EVER built for under $1 million (and it only costs $95k in that config), but it also had the single highest rating ever given out by "Consumer Reports", last year, beating every single Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Ferrari, Cadillac, etc in their metrics (drivability, comfort, quality, performance, style).

http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/0...

It also received the highest rating ever given to any car by Car & Driver magazine.

It beats the 7-series BMW and the Jaguar S-Type and the Audi A8 on a level playing field.

"a Ford Fusion"

LOL

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